The Arabian Candidate
Today's Krugman is a takeoff on the Manchurian Candidate, appropriate considering not only the times we live in, especially considering the fact that there is a remake about to hit theaters (a remake I am eyeing warily, considering how much I love the original).
Krugman's point is this--hell, let him tell you.
In the original version of "The Manchurian Candidate," Senator John Iselin, whom Chinese agents are plotting to put in the White House, is a right-wing demagogue modeled on Senator Joseph McCarthy. As Roger Ebert wrote, the plan is to "use anticommunist hysteria as a cover for a communist takeover."
The movie doesn't say what Iselin would have done if the plot had succeeded. Presumably, however, he wouldn't have openly turned traitor. Instead, he would have used his position to undermine national security, while posing as America's staunchest defender against communist evil.
He then goes into how President Bush has played the part of Bin Laden's patsy to a tee--Iselin were he president today.
I'd give you the rest, but then you wouldn't have to click here. Copyright laws and all, you know.