National Affairs: Turnabout

Among Marine airmen in the Solomons in 1944 a bluff, genial Irishman came closer than most non-flying officers to achieving a legend. They laughed at his incredible yarns, gobbled up his extra rations, deferentially addressed him as Judge. Some almost believed the sign which sagged incongruously over his tent on mucky, jungle-thick Bougainville: "McCarthy for U.S. Senator."

Last week in tidy Wisconsin, the same Joseph R. McCarthy, discharged as a captain, unexpectedly made good on his ambition; he won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator. He also ended a formidable tradition and a...

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