If only it *were* McCarthyism.

Contra Glenn Reynolds (and the guy he linked to), the infamous Obama Incoming Staffer Questionnaire isn’t McCarthyism: it’s CYAism. This way, if any of his staffers get caught doing something sufficiently controversial and/or embarrassing the administration can immediately fire them (destroying the unlucky person’s career in the process) on the grounds that they were lied to, not their fault, what can you do?

Yes, this involves the distressing (if you’re a Democrat) assumption of utter lack of downward loyalty between Obama and his staff. I believe that the technical name for this situation is Not My Problem, Sparky