March 29, 2006 |
HIS star turn in the national limelight lasted about five years, little more than a single presidency, yet no public man of his era still haunts our political imagination in quite the way that Joseph McCarthy does. He is one of those rare politicians whose name has been preserved in the linguistic amber of the eponymy. We speak today of "McCarthyism." It is a kind of political pornography -- difficult to define precisely but, like its sexual counterpart, you know it when you see it.
January 24, 2002 |
His mother doted on him. His older brother bullied him. By 14 he had his own chicken farm, and by the time he was 19, it had failed. It wasn't until age 20 that he started high school; classmates voted him "Most Lovable Man." He was a judge at 30 and a U.S. senator before 40. Although the early life of Joseph McCarthy was a politician's dream, he died in 1957 at age 48, felled by hepatitis and liquor and the certainty of history's harsh judgment.
November 21, 1999 |
On the night of Feb. 9, 1950, a GOP women's group in Wheeling, W. Va., heard one of the most deplorable speeches in the annals of American politics when a reckless and bombastic freshman Republican senator from Wisconsin charged that the Truman administration was teeming with communists. Waving a sheet of paper like a battle flag, Joseph McCarthy claimed he had a list of some 205 Red traitors in his hand--a dishonor roll of U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1999
Richard Reeves' column on Richard Nixon's personal goals (Commentary, Aug. 9) conjures up the kind of sentimental hogwash that characterized Nixon's persona. In our family there never will be any form of revisionist history conveyed to our children about his presidency. He remains one of the great political criminals of the 20th century, alongside J. Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy, who tore up the Constitution when it didn't fit their personal agendas. REX ALTMAN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1991
I feel it unfair to place joke commentaries such as Scruton's satirical piece of fluff about "poor Joseph McCarthy" on the Op-Ed pages. Such amusements belong in the comics. This one, which attempted to whitewash an alcoholic who lied and produced false evidence against the hero of D-Day, would look great next to Beetle Bailey. It is a joke, isn't it? JOSEPH LUCAS Los Angeles
January 6, 1991
In response to letter writer A.F. Sanders' diatribe in the Dec. 30 issue: "Morgan," "Blow-Up," "Isadora," "The Devils," "Mary, Queen of Scots," "Julia," "Playing for Time," "The Bostonians," "Wetherby," "Second Serve," "A Man for All Seasons," "Prick Up Your Ears" and "Orpheus Descending" for film and television. "Orpheus" again, "Cymbeline," "As You Like It," "The Seagull," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "Lady From the Sea," "Touch of the Poet," "Major Barbara," "Three Penny Opera," "Ghosts," "Twelfth Night," "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Taming of the Shrew" on stage.