Joe McCarthy rose in the Senate one afternoon last week with a resolution directing the Secretary of State to insist that the Big Four conference have an agenda item on the status of satellite nations. Since the U.S., Britain and France want no set agenda in meeting with the Russians, the resolution, if passed, would have hamstrung the anti-Communist leaders.

McCarthy knew that his resolution had no chance of passage. Joe wanted to make headlines and let his motion die quietly in committee. Democratic Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson had other plans. He rushed...

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