Harry Reid making Joe McCarthy look good by comparison by Victor Davis Hanson

The Democratic leader’s calumnies rival those of Tailgunner Joe.

We should ask Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the same question once posed to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head counsel Robert N. Welch: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Mr. Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management policy, as “domestic terrorists.”

McCarthy in the 1950s became infamous for smearing his opponents with lurid allegations that he could not prove, while questioning their patriotism. Mr. Reid has brought back to the Senate that exact same McCarthy style of six decades ago — and trumped it.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mr. Reid libeled candidate Mitt Romney with the unsubstantiated and later-refuted charge that Mr. Romney was a tax cheat. “The word’s out that [Romney] hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years,” Mr. Reid said.

Later, when asked for proof, Mr. Reid offered a pathetic rejoinder: “I have had a number of people tell me that.” One wonders how many names were on Mr. Reid’s McCarthyite “tell” list. Were there, as McCarthy used to bluster, 205 names, or perhaps just 57?


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