I am not a member of congress. And I did not actively assert that there are any number of congressmen who are members of the John Birch Society.
What’s the relevance? Looks like special pleading.
And no other progressive, that I know of has done so.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Republicans want to “literally” bring back Jim Crow laws. Close? Don’t bother answering unless you’re explaining the relevance (I don’t think it’s relevant).
Allen West, however, did, apparently, assert his belief that the congressional progressive caucus members are members of the Communist Party.
You think he literally meant that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are members of the Communist Party. Seriously?
President Obama is routinely referred to as a Socialist.
Yes, and Bush a “fascist” with the cute little nickname “Bushitler.” Is any of it relevant? What’s your point? “They started it”? “They’re the worse of the two”?
As to the strawman issue of how much West can be reasonably be compared to McCarthy, the answer is ... only to a degree.
Straw man? You can’t be serious. The article referenced in the OP specifically compares West to McCarthy and suggests he’s engaged in McCarthyism.
“78 to 81 Democrats… members of the Communist Party?” That’s the moment the memory hole opened up and a ghost slithered into the room. The specter stood there, watching the screen, a snickering smile on its stubbled face. Sure enough, it was the ghost of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin farm boy who grew up to become one of the most contemptible thugs in American politics.”
As to which side uses the “tu quoque” tactic, the most, the answer is…
... relevant because (and back to you) ...