Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Spirit of McCarthy Lives

Mrs. Alito left the hearing room in tears this evening when Republican Senator Lindsay Graham apologized for some of the attacks and insinuating questions Judge Alito has had to sit through over the last three days.

Newt Gingrich said on John Gibson's Fox show this afternoon: "Today the spirit of Joseph McCarthy was alive and well."

Power Line also picked up on the McCarthy theme. Scott Johnson wrote: "Listening to Chuck Schumer this afternoon, I was struck by the resemblance between his mendacious tirade against Judge Alito and the bullying, sinister tones of Joe McCarthy as I recently saw him in Good Night and Good Luck. It will be interesting to see whether this hearing is the event that finally causes the public to see liberals as the mean-spirited bullies they so often are."

Update: Moderate Mort Kondracke said this afternoon on Brit Hume's program: "The attempts to make him [Alito] out to be a bigot were just pathetic."

Evening Update: Should this headline be "The Spirit of the McCarthy Myth Lives"? (See discussion comments.)


Blogger UGN said...

There is only one problem with the analogy: McCarthy did nothing wrong. It is the myth of McCarthy that they should be comparing these pigs to.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You know, you've got a very good point there. I read some fascinating articles on the history of McCarthy at the time of the release of GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK which compared the reality to the story that most of us have been sold over the years. I like the way you phrase it -- that they should be comparing to the "myth of McCarthy."

6:17 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Here's a link to a Human Events article on McCarthy that was posted here last October:


8:41 PM  
Blogger UGN said...

I think there is a book or two due out on McCarthy that debunks the myths (he ruined countless lives, accused innocent people, etc.) Do you know what the book or books are?

10:33 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

This might be one:


11:01 PM  

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