I think McCarthyism has been created by Truman. I believe it is the creature of Truman.
- RICHARD NIXON, AUGUST 29, 1952 1
SEN. JOSEPH MCCARTHY and Richard Nixon both went into political oblivion condemned for multiple untruth. McCarthy in 1954 was censured by his peers, the sixth such censure in Senate history. * Nixon, who watched the spectacle from the Speaker's chair just after the election of 1954, chose to resign twenty years later when it came his turn to face the Senate as a court. He had seen one man's ordeal. McCarthy had been Nixon's political, although not his personal protégé, and they were for many months, in Roy Cohn's words, "quite cordial." 2 They went hand in hand in 1952, competing for the invention of the most slanderous epithet, the most degrading metaphor, in their efforts to defeat Adlai Stevenson. Where Nixon called Stevenson a weakling, a waster, a small-caliber Truman, an appeaser who "got his Ph. D. from Dean Acheson's College of Cowardly Communist Containment," McCarthy said, "If you will get me a slippery-elm club and put me aboard Stevenson's campaign train, I will use it on his advisers and perhaps I can make a good American out of him." 3
They urged each other's election and Nixon gave McCarthy the use of his files. But by 1954 Nixon was mortified to see McCarthy attacking Eisenhower—extending "twenty years of treason," his epithet for the Democratic party, to twenty-one____________________