National Affairs: McCarthy v. Republicans

Joe McCarthy was in the headlines all week, and usually headlines are good for such a man. Last week was an exception.

Until last week, some old-line G.O.P. leaders were inclined, like thousands of U.S. citizens, to take the view that McCarthy might be a little rough now & then, but that he was doing a needed job. Then Republican leaders, including Senators Taft and Knowland, got a sample of what has come to be known as McCarthyism. They did not like it and they did not bow to it.

The vote on Bohlen showed...

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