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February 27, 2015 5:46 PM

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The term "McCarthyism" gets knocked around in a lot of weird ways, most of them only dimly reminiscent of the nasty, reputation-ruining havoc wreaked by Sen. Joe McCarthy during the Commie witch-hunts of the Fifties.

"Tailgunner Joe" ruined lives because he was powerful and used his power cruelly, publicly insinuating, often with no real evidence, that people coming before his committee were suspected Communists. For the innocent, it was a hellish time.

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