THE CONGRESS: A Myth Exploded

Censure by his colleagues does not mean the end of Joe McCarthy. He has been nourished by headlines, and headlines may still feed him. But he was also nourished by myths. One was that he "rooted the Communists out of Government." Like most myths, this had a basis. There were, calamitously. Communists and Communoids in the U.S. Government. Joe did little to root them out. But he learned, to the dismay of his colleagues, to the shame of the executive branch and to the delight of the press, how to bay the loudest when others were following the scent. The...

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