“It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states?”
Is “57 states” just a stupid mistake, or another crypto-Marxist code?
McCarthy is usually quoted to have said: “I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.”
There is some dispute about whether or not McCarthy actually gave the number of people on the list as being “205″ or “57″. In a later telegram to President Truman, and when entering the speech into the Congressional Record, he used the number 57.
A more serious fictional portrayal of McCarthy played a central role in the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. The character of Senator John Iselin, a demagogic anti-communist, is closely modeled on McCarthy, even to the varying numbers of Communists he asserts are employed by the federal government. In the 1962 film version, the characterization remains; in this version, a Heinz ketchup bottle inspires Iselin and his wife to settle on “57″ as the number of subversives he claims are on the federal payroll.
Could “57″ actually be another of Obama’s coded references? I think it’s actually quite possible. I believe he’s used code words in at least two of his speeches.