‘At Long Last’

‘At Long Last’

Toward the end of a long day of hearings, McCarthy engages in a confrontation with Army counselor Joseph Welch. McCarthy accuses a young lawyer at Welch’s firm of having worked for a Communist organization, despite a secret promise made days earlier by McCarthy’s lawyer, Roy Cohn, that the senator would not bring this up during the nationally televised hearings. Welch lambastes McCarthy, asking him, “Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”22

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