Joseph Raymond McCarthy was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Wikipedia
McCarthy was a bomb-thrower—and, in a sense, that is all he was. He would make an outrageous charge, almost always with little or no evidentiary basis, and then he would surf the aftershocks. When these subsided, he threw another bomb. — Louis Menand
You can rape their daughters, but you mustn’t break their windows. — remembered from a Paul Krassner lecture circa 1965
McCarthy made a career by attacking people and government agencies, first the State Department and later the U.S. Army. Some say the attack on the Army was his downfall, others that people and colleagues simply tired of his bombast and lies. Either way, his influence declined.
President Trump has made a career of attacking people and government agencies, the intelligence agencies, the State Department, The Defense Department and others. For years he got away with that and much more. Surprisingly, outrage was muted, but not when he attacked the P.O. Who would have guessed that the Postal Service might be his Waterloo? Or perhaps, as with McCarthy, people and colleagues have simply had enough of him.
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