Dow 36,000 author and former McCain advisor calls Obama the Manchurian Candidate, and accuses him of assaulting the economy. Nate Silver has the details, but this reminded me of the McCain campaign’s Manchurian Candidate nonsense from last fall (stuff that had bubbled up from the crazies periodically, I might note). Quick question- what is up with former McCain advisors chucking out the “Manchurian Candidate” stuff? Have they no clue about the plot of the book? Wikipedia:
Captain Bennett Marco, Sergeant Raymond Shaw and the rest of their platoon are captured during the Korean War in 1952. They are all brainwashed into believing Shaw saved their lives in combat, for which he receives the Medal of Honor when they return to the United States. Years after the war is over, Marco, now an intelligence officer, begins to have a recurring nightmare in which Shaw murders two of his comrades while being watched by Chinese and Russian officials. When he learns that another platoon member has been having the same dream, he sets out to uncover the mystery.
The Communists intend to use Shaw as a sleeper agent and, using the queen of diamonds in a deck of playing cards as a subconscious trigger, compel him to follow their orders, which he does not remember afterwards. Shaw is controlled by none other than his own politically ambitious and domineering mother, who is working with the Communists in a plot to overthrow the U.S. government.
American military officer captured and held as a prisoner in an Asian land for years, returned to the United States and hailed as a hero, and later on in life he starts to act erratically. I know the first person I think of from the last election is President Obama. How about you?
Seriously. Of course John McCain is not a Manchurian Candidate (an accusation which I think is a pretty nasty and ugly smear) and in fact I believe he is a genuine American hero for his service, but talk about missing the plot. Jeebus.