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'Star Wars' Yoda (copy)

A Yoda figure is one of the displays in "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.

PATRICK TEHAN — Bay Area News Group

As Star Wars fans celebrated May the 4th Monday, even Gov. Scott Walker got in on the fun with a cryptic tweet sent by his political team.

To understand Walker's tweet, you must first understand why May 4 is Intergalactic Star Wars Day. It's a relatively new "holiday," inspired by the Jedi mantra, "May the Force be with you."

To celebrate, all you need to do is reflect on your favorite Star Wars moments and say, "May the Fourth be with you." Kind of like if Luke Skywalker had a lisp. Get it?

That brings us to the governor's tweet. There's a lot to decipher there. 

"Hope for Republicans there still is."

That's some classic Yoda-speak. 

But is "Yoda" talking about Walker? And assuming he is, is this a reference to 2016? Is this just another way for Walker to say he's running for president, without saying he's running for president? 

This seems to be the most plausible explanation for the tweet, signed "TW" — that means "Team Walker," by the way, and not "Tonette Walker," distinguishing it from tweets written by Walker himself, which are signed "SKW."

The next question, then, is who's being referenced in the quote: "That boy was our last hope ... No, there is another." 

First: a minor correction. The line from "The Empire Strikes Back" is, "That boy is our last hope." But we'll allow for some creative license here.

So who is "that boy" in Walker's tweet? Who was the last hope? In the movie, Obi-Wan Kenobi was talking about Luke Skywalker when he spoke this line.

A logical assumption is former President Ronald Reagan. Walker has called Reagan the best president for foreign policy in his lifetime and frequently references him in speeches throughout the country. He and his wife, Tonette, were even married on Reagan's birthday.

"President Reagan’s influence is a key part of who I am today," Walker has said. "He was more than just a Republican or even a conservative, he was an eternal optimist in the American people."

But here's a curveball suggestion: What if "that boy" is U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan? 

He fits the bill. Another Wisconsin Republican catapulted to the national stage, in his case as a congressional budget wonk and Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate. And despite losing that election, there was a healthy amount of speculation that Ryan might seek the GOP nomination in 2016.

Perhaps Ryan was the "last hope" to send a conservative from Wisconsin to the White House. Enter Team Walker: "No, there is another."

This is where the message becomes clearer and more convoluted at once. Presumably, Walker is the "other" being referred to in the borrowed Yoda quote. Especially since the quote is followed by "SCOTTWALKER" written in the Star Wars font.

But the analogy gets trickier from there. In the movie, this is Yoda's answer to Obi-Wan. But it's not clear to whom he's referring. 

The assumption is he's talking about Leia, Luke's twin sister. But in some circles, it's been suggested that the "other" is Anakin Skywalker, based on some hope that he might still act as a force for good.

Let's go with the more likely answer, here, and say it's Leia. This leads us to an amusing range of responses sent in response to Walker's tweet.

Then NARAL Pro-Choice America got in on it.

But stealing the show was @darth, the anonymous Twitter superstar known for his or her on-the-fly Photoshopping skills:

Politics aside, can't we all agree to forget about Jar Jar?

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.