Belloq: You and I are very much alike. Archeology is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light.Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favorite movies. It works on so many levels. And one of its best characters (in a movie not exactly lacking for great characters) is Belloq, Indiana Jones's sly competitor. It would have been easy to make Belloq a mustache-twirling villain in the piece, but Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas opt for something much more complex. Belloq is absolutely right: there's not all that much difference between himself and the "hero" of the piece, Indiana Jones. Of course, Indy isn't exactly a stereotype hero either...
Indiana Jones: Now you're getting nasty.
Which brings us to Seleene and The Mittani.
Six out of nine chairs in CSM6 are held by 0.0 power blocs. The Mittani is the obvious leader of that coalition, and given how much he's done to get so many of those people elected, we can be sure that all five of the others are going to fall in line rather rapidly. That not only gives The Mittani a solid majority of CSM opinion when CCP asks it a question, it also does an excellent job of making Trebor Daehdoow completely irrelevant. The Mittani has done nothing to hide his utter disdain of Trebor. But I'll bet you a sizable sum of ISK right now that TM will throw Trebor a bone: he'll offer to have his bloc vote Trebor in as Secretary at the first CSM meeting in a week. TM needs someone to do the actual work, after all. Trebor would be wise to tell TM "thanks, no," he's not interested in that position, but we'll see if he does.
Meissa Anunthiel is also irrelevant, but Meissa seems to like that just fine. He pops up to win elections, shows up at Summits to give an honest, balanced opinion of the industrialist in EVE, and then disappears until the next election. TM can and will ignore him.
Which leaves Seleene. The Mittani needs Seleene on his side, desperately.
I still haven't said exactly what I do for a living, and now, I probably won't, ever. And I've never met The Mittani. But here's a hint about what I do for a living: I've met, talked with, and worked with Steve Jobs on several occasions, the first almost ten years ago.
Here's a little secret about Steve Jobs. He has two ways of dealing with people: using them, or seducing them. Steve Jobs can be incredibly seductive when he wants to be. And don't get your panties in a twist, Apple fans. Steve Jobs is brilliant, charismatic, has a fantastic knowledge of facts, a superb memory, and a great way of looking at the world and at technology. But when dealing with people? Yeah. He uses them, or he seduces them. And sometimes, an individual can bounce back and forth in Steve Jobs's eyes between these two extremes, several times.
I'd bet a second sizable sum of ISK that The Mittani in real life is exactly the same way. And Seleene is going to get the full effect of TM's seduction over the next week or so, if this hasn't started already. TM needs Seleene's credentials and knowledge as a past dev. Unlike Trebor, TM had a very high opinion of Seleene even before Seleene ran for CSM. That opinion is only strengthened now. The Mittani is going to (possibly correctly) believe that having Seleene on his side will increase his credibility in the eyes of CCP. Seleene does have strong opinions about the issues that The Mittani cares about, so it's a potentially very interesting alliance.
After the election results were announced, Seleene excitedly tweeted that he'd been elected as Vice Chair. Mynxee quickly (and correctly) pointed out that the Vice Chair will be elected at the CSM's first meeting. But count on TM using that initial excitement. I'm sure TM would rather have White Tree or the like as Vice Chair. But he's no dummy, so he'll offer the post to Seleene first. It's going to be very interesting to see if Seleene accepts.
Will Belloq and Indiana Jones be working together?