Herbert Block published this picture less than two months before the 1952 senate elections. The people chasing after McCarthy represent the politicians who used the McCarthy bandwagon to get elected. Many voters supported Senator Joseph McCarthy’s irresponsible tactics, believing that the communist threat was such that the ends justified the means. McCarthy’s strong anti-communism platform won him re-election into the Senate in 1952. Other politicians, recognizing pay dirt when they saw it, jumped on his smear bandwagon.