State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands picks his favorite jabs at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh.
Wisconsin's worst senator, Joe McCarthy, led a smear campaign in the 1950s to root out communism. Despite his claims, he never had any evidence of wrong-doing, but managed to ruin the lives of countless Americans.
“Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad From the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way” has a comically long subtitle that really lets you know what you’re in for. This oral history includes lengthy interviews with a wide array of people who knew Abzug, who represented the West Side of Manhattan and parts of the Bronx in Congress in the 1970s and was one of the founders of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Written by two of the founding editors of Ms. magazine, the book was useful in explaining how Abzug “came to the women’s rights movement from the civil rights movement,” Waller says.
We miss Bill Proxmire.