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Nobody but the People

In the "Prologue" to his massive biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy, historian Thomas Reeves describes a scene that took place in Milwaukee, in the senator's home state, in November, 1954, only a month before his colleagues voted to condemn him and thereby effectively to terminate his career. The scene was a mass celebration of McCarthy's 46th birthday by 1,500 of his constituents and fans; as an added touch, the bandleader, a boyhood pal of the guest of honor, had his vocalist croon a newly composed song about the senator. One stanza went like this:

"That terrible man McCarthy," cries Mrs. Van Soame.

"That book-burning demagogue." shrieks Linus Double-
Dome.

"McCarthyism sweeps the land," the Daily Worker
screams.

And through the press, radio, the Party's poison streams:

"Joe must go. Joe must go."

The last stanza, to the tune of "The Volga Boatmen," drove the point home:

Nobody's for McCarthy but the people, and we all love
our Joe.

Nobody's for McCarthy but the people, and our letters
tell him so.

Now...

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