Liberals have been embarrassing themselves for decades with this McCarthy business. Point out an unsavory association, and they squeal like stuck pigs about the scourge of McCarthyism. In the mind of the liberal, Senator McCarthy was a deranged conservative finding imaginary communists under every rock and creating the fiction of the Red Menace. Note: they have the same attitude today about radical Islam.
Appallingly, too many conservative commentators share the left’s abysmal dumbness about the truth regarding the late Senator.
Which is why when the despicable Harry Reid makes his despicable accusations against Mitt Romney it is swiftly denounced by republicans and conservatives as “McCarthyism.”
Too many conservatives, evidently, have not yet been brought up to speed on the Venona project and other new information from the fifty year senate transcripts. Obama refers to McCarthyism as “cowardice” in Dreams. McCarthy didn’t vote “present” on matters of national security.
In 1995 the CIA released decoded Soviet communiqués known as the Venona cables which turned out to be most revealing. After decades of liberals savaging the reputation of Senator Joseph McCarthy, almost no one other than authors Ann Coulter and M. Stanton Evans are talking about the Venona discoveries which vindicate McCarthy.
Following the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, enormous amounts of data became available, including the Venona papers: coded messages from the KGB and other communist intelligence agencies about communist agents in the United States (Evans, M. Stanton. Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies).
As is the nature of liberals, the introduction of facts changes nothing. They are entirely shame-proof. Conservatives who are offering up faux indignance about McCarthy’s moral courage are the ones who ought to be shamefaced about disparaging the memory of Tail Gunner Joe by comparing a great patriot to a scumbag.