Beltway Banthas: Star Wars, Court-Packing and Mike Lee vs the Galactic Senate

by Beltway Banthas

In this special broadcast of Beltway Banthas, host Stephen Kent and producer Riley Blanton react to Republican Senator Mike Lee’s mention of Star Wars’ Galactic Senate to describe Court-Packing. Why did he say this? Slate seems to suggest it’s a lowkey expression of Lee’s disdain for diversity and pluralistic government, but does that sort of miss the point?

We break it down in this short episode of the podcast! To get a deeper dive on this subject, head over to Stephen’s newsletter: POLITICIZE ME, for a full write up on Slate’s article and what is really going on with these Star Wars references in the U.S. Senate.


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Beltway Banthas is a podcast about the intersection of Star Wars and politics. For host Stephen Kent, one of those things is politics. Star Wars draws from our world’s politics just as much as it contributes to it by influencing policymakers, journalists and thought leaders. On this podcast, we seek to understand how Star Wars impacts the world we live in, while also covering the Star Wars news, gossip and hype of the day. The show is produced by Riley Blanton.

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