National Affairs: The Wisconsin Primary

So overwhelming was Senator McCarthy's victory in the Wisconsin primary that it suggested a thorough re-examination of the 1952 national campaign. It did not necessarily call for a reappraisal of Joe himself. He was not accused of being a poor campaigner but of making unsupported accusations against individuals and of distorting facts. These charges were neither proved nor disproved at the ballot box.

The significance of the Wisconsin primary was in how the voters of one of the more enlightened states reacted to the debate over McCarthyism. Joe was up against stern opposition. His...

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