National Affairs: Splendid Job

Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, his coat draped over a greying sling, arose on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week to hasten the moment of decision. On the previous day in the living room of his home, Joe had disclosed his intention to his lawyer. He saw censure as inevitable, and was eager to get it over with. Therefore, he said, he would move to limit debate on his censure.

To the Senate, McCarthy said that he had never meant to offend anyone. "I admit," said he, "that at times I have been extremely...