Nation: Voice of Reason: Call to the Center

Twenty years ago, her target was a single Senator, Joseph R. McCarthy, who sat smirking behind her as she spoke. Without once mentioning his name, she charged him with debasing the Senate to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination. That junior Senator from Wisconsin is long gone, and the years have had their effect on the senior Senator from Maine. Now 72, Margaret Chase Smith travels the Senate corridors on a motorized golf cart, or she uses a walking cane. But she remains among the most thoughtful and respected members of the Senate, her rose in place,...

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