Sloppy Joe

I know the usual story of Joe McCarthy the 1950s senator and anti-communist crusader.  Seems it was a little different than I realized.  I had assumed it started at some reasonable, or at least legitimate, place and grew out of control.  Maybe the witch-hunt analogy gave it a bit more legitimacy that it should have.  A good one from the New Yorker.

Joseph McCarthy and the Force of Political Falsehoods

McCarthy never sent a single “subversive” to jail, but, decades later, the spirit of his conspiracy-mongering endures.

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