I was once again flipping through the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, when this struck me. Through Episodes 2 and 3, Chancellor Palpatine keeps getting more power from the Senate, through things that he's set in motion. That eventually culminates in the Galactic Federation becoming the Galactic Empire, with him as Emperor. Prior to that, the Jedi Council is placed under his control, something they aren't particularly happy about. Publicly, he keeps up this facade of the humble civil servant, merely accepting the responsibilities given to him by the Senate, which helps him portray the Jedis (to Anakin) as a group of anti-democratic oddballs, that are actually enemies of freedom. Anakin, being under considerable stress and not being terribly bright, falls for it.
The thing that it made me think of was Tony Stark being appointed head of SHIELD and the Initiative*. In that scenario, all those heroes who ran around, you know, saving lives without a thought to procedures or any of that crap, are the Jedis, operating as they see fit, out side the boundaries of the government. Through all the death and destruction, Iron Man comes out with significantly more power than he had before the mess began, the whole time insisting that he's merely trying to do the best he can, and that this is the best situation any of them could hope for, and really, this is such a better system than we had before, can't you see that? Heck, Iron Man even went to the trouble of engineering incidents to raise the public's panic, which helped push his agenda forward**.
I think that might make Captain America Mace Windu, which I guess makes those cops and fireman that tackled Cap Anakin? Well, your Average Joe in the Marvel Universe is stupid enough to be Anakin. Or maybe Bucky is Anakin, and Cap was Obi-Wan. No, that doesn't work. Really, all that matters is who plays Luke and gets whoever is Vader to chuck Stark down a pit.
* I think he's in charge of the Initiative. In some books, anyway.
** See his using Norman Osborn to shoot an Atlantean ambassador, pushing the two nations towards war, and accomplishing something. I forget what the purpose was of that, besides scaring people. And once again, I'd like to take a moment to thank Sally Floyd and Ben Urich for not bothering to let the public know about this.