Thrill-thriving U.S. radio commentators and newspaper columnists could hardly conceal their chagrin last week at the course of the coldly efficient, seemingly drab censure hearings against Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. But the hard fact was—and nobody knew it better than McCarthy—that the special committee headed by Utah's Republican Senator Arthur V. Watkins was acting as the finally awakened conscience of the U.S. Senate.

It was from the Senate that McCarthy derived his investigating power, and it is against the Senate's traditions that he has transgressed. And now the cold, legal eye of...

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