POLITICAL NOTES: Situation: Fluid

Under cover of darkness, the Administration's elite forces last week launched their offensive against the outnumbered but well-entrenched army of Robert Alphonso Taft, top general in that doughty old resistance group, the Republican Party. The invaders opened up first with a secret weapon—the ordinarily quiet, nonpolitical, White House Foreign Policy Strategist W. Averell Harriman.

Big Gun Harriman was camouflaged in yards of commonplace comments on world affairs and smuggled around Bob Taft's southern flank to Houston, where the A.F.L. was bivouacked for its annual convention. He was aimed straight at Taft...

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