National Affairs: A Word for Joe

Four years ago this week, an obscure Wisconsin Senator named Joe McCarthy turned up in Wheeling, W.Va. to claim that he had "here in my hand" the names of 205 Communists in the State Department. Left-wing Democrats picked Joe as a nice fat target and right-wing Republicans helped build him into a hero. Last week, at Washington's National Airport, McCarthy stepped out of his Texas-donated Cadillac with his bride on his arm. stepped into the Plymouth Oil Co.'s private DC-3 and headed off on a nine-speech tour, which the Republican National Committee hoped...

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