Two months ago in the South Pacific, husky, khaki-clad Lieut. Commander Harold Stassen, 36, tieless and open-collared as flag secretary to informal Admiral "Bill" Halsey, said:
"When I resigned the Governorship [of Minnesota] I announced that politics . . . were out for the duration."
Last week in Minneapolis, his political retainers, bound by no such vows, looked at the calendar, saw Nebraska's Presidential primary had opened, promptly tossed into the ring the overseas khaki cap of Commander Stassen, thus making him the Republicans' first official Presidential candidate for 1944.
Would Stassen compete against...