McCarthy rose to power in 1946, at the age of 38 when he became the senator of Wisconsin State after beating La Follette by a tiny margin. He was the youngest member of the senate then and to make matters more interesting he had defeated a white in an election yet he was a black. He went ahead to clinch the post in the next general election in 1953 (Mayer 55).
Democrats resigned from the committees he was chairing that are for Government operations and investments because they considered him a lost sheep who could have been with the democrats. They were also angered by the fact that McCarthy had defeated their number one choice candidate in the general election and thereby reduced their number in the house. In part of the republicans he angered President Dwight by accusing his government of harboring communists (Levy 43). He is considered to have been a very poor judge involved in very shady deals during his past. Though he had cut moral corners in his campaigning, he was still very famous indeed. His poor judgment was evident when he was co accused with his staff of trying to get preferential treatment for his consultant named David Schine (Wicker 65)
McCarthy had developed the habit of creating interruptions in the House by requesting for unnecessary “point of orders “which simply worked against him as this angered his fellow senate members. His indulgence with the army official also dented his credibility as a leader. This went to the peak when hearings onto his attack on a young lawyer who worked for an army counsel which brought to doubt his decency as a leader of the people. When the senate decided to pass a motion of no confidence on him they cited reasons like an insulting and vulgar senator and thus means abuse of power by the senator (Levy 24)
To crown up, Mr. McCarthy was censured by his fellow senators by a big margin of 67 against 22 and this marked the end of his influence in politics. He therefore sank into alcoholism in his final days although he still remained a senator till the time of his death. He is remembered for his bitter controversy in the American politics (Mayer 34)