Washington Wire

August 1954
New Republic;8/16/54, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p2
This article presents information related to U.S. politics. The continuing story of politician Joseph McCarthy has its discouraging side. But the important thing is that McCarthy is diminished. Of that there is no longer doubt. The public begins to understand him and the Senate is sick of him. The quintessential McCarthy appeared the night the Senate tried to duck the issue by voting 75 to 12, for the six-man inquiry. McCarthy knew he was dealing with timid men and made little effort to hide it. Every familiar mannerism was underlined but the basic bully inside him was most conspicuous. McCarthy was saying, "I don't want your love, I want your fear." He seemed determined that if there were one man left in the chamber whom he had not insulted he would correct the omission then and there. It never seems possible to separate rational economics from political balderdash. Democrats naturally now are going to get all the political advantage they can in emphasizing that the budget hasn't been balanced, and that the debt limit is being raised.


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