Over the wekend we went to see Good Night, and Good Luck, the Joe McCarthy vs Edward R Murrow retelling. Director George Clooney used archival footage of Tail-Gunner Joe rather than using an actor in the part and, still, the comment was made after a screening that the McCarthy character was too over the top.
If you click on the heading there's a link to an article by Bill Kraus that puts a little personal perspective on McCarthy. He takes time to remind us that even despots have followers, that they seldom get to their position of power without others to carry their water.
I wonder if, 50 years from now, our grandchildren will be in a movie house or what passes for one watching archival footage from this decade. Who will it be? Speculate on your own. There are enough candidates to go around.
Bullies never go away. They just look different after we grow up.