McCarthy may have been right, but I still dislike the showboating style he used--for tactical reasons. I don't think he did it for the heck of it, but rather to try and garner attention and make people think, but it just played into the hands of the petite-fascists. Strategically he has been shown to be right beyond all doubt, but his tactics lost the battle and several subsequent battles. It's no easy matter to fight the petite-fascist propaganda ministry at ABC/NBC/CBS/NY Times/CNN/Wash Post etc, and his tactical mistakes caused the opposite of his desired effect. It doesn't matter that he's been vindicated, and what Will & company did is use the Big Lie against the Big Liars. Crude but occasionally effective.