The Force was not with Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday when he tried to use Star Wars references to win an argument on net neutrality—with Luke Skywalker. BuzzFeed reports that it began Saturday when Mark Hamill tweeted a picture of FCC chair Ajit Pai wielding a lightsaber in a video he made to defend killing Obama-era net neutrality rules. Hamill said Pai was "profoundly unworthy" because "a Jedi acts selflessly for the common man." On Sunday, Cruz tweeted to Hamill, misspelling his name as "Hammill": "Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet." He added: "Reject the dark side: Free the net!"
Hamill quickly fired back with a burn: "Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me," he tweeted. "I know politics can be confusing, but you'd have more credibility if you spelled my name correctly. I mean IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office again," he said, mocking the gaffe that Cruz blamed on a staffer. In a follow-up tweet, he said he regrets leaving the "L" out of "smarm-splaining"—and the fact that Twitter's 280-character limit isn't enough to unpack "all the lies and all the stupid" in a Cruz tweet. Cruz quoted Yoda in another tweet to Hamill, saying Hamill had responded with anger instead of facts and asking: "Who was it that said, "Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate?" (Read more Ted Cruz stories.)