Ted Cruz-The Reincarnation Of Joe McCarthy?

Click to read the full February 2013 opinion piece from Forbes.

Senator Joe McCarthy never looked back as the smear tactics employed during his campaigns would pale in comparison to what he would do when applying his despicable brand of politics to what we would come to know as “McCarthyism”—the use of the smear against fellow Americans whom he sought to paint as Communists, destroying the lives of innocents to further the fortunes of Joe McCarthy.

Another skilled practitioner of the half-truth and innuendo was Richard M. Nixon. And while a review of Nixon’s proclivity for successfully employing the darkest side of politics as the means to win elections and defeat his political opponents is another story for another time, we all know where this approach to power led for Senator McCarthy and President Nixon—an eventual ticket to disgrace and political demise.

Newly minted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) would do well to learn the lessons of these predecessors as he embarks on his own public career, one he has apparently chosen to build using the dark political arts of innuendo and smear.