Another "fun fact". McCarthy went out a few times with one of Robert kennedy's sisters, presumably having met her through Bobby, who worked for Joe for a while. About 20 years ago, I lived in Reno, and they were demolishing the Mapes Hotel at the time. It's claim to fame was that Joe McCarthy got together with a couple of other republicans while staying there, and cooked up the entire red scare campaign as a way to put himself into a powerful position in Congress in the late 1940's. We had just lost China to the communists, and there was a huge American backlash over it.