National Affairs: Words from a Quiet Man

In the U.S. Senate, Vermont's soundly liberal Ralph Flanders, 73, is known as a quiet man. He makes few speeches, seldom reaches for a headline. But last week Republican Flanders, in his quiet way, applied the lash to Joe McCarthy.

No one knew what was coming when the Vermont Senator rose on the Senate floor early in the week and asked for recognition. "Mr. President," said Flanders, "the junior Senator from Wisconsin interests us all—there can be no doubt about that—but also he puzzles some of us. To what party does he belong? Is...

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