The Blue and Gold Scare: McCarthyism Comes To South Bend

Posted by Marc Halsted on August-9-2009 Add Comments

To many Americans of the Cold War era, Joe McCarthy was a demagogue. 

To many Notre Dame fans of the Charlie Weis era Kyle McCarthy has become a demigod. 

A young man of partial divinity, McCarthy was born the son of mortals (Jon and Janet McCarthy), sent from on high (Youngstown, Ohio) with the blessings of a succession of great deities (Tom Zbikowski and David Bruton). 

As the 2009 season breaks from a long summer of anticipation, so too does the irresistible force of Notre Dame McCarthyism.

But how important will McCarthy be in 2009?

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