The Administration: Prescription for Commerce

Nothing annoys President Johnson more than the notion that he cannot get good men to come to work — for him — in Washington. Last week, in his first Cabinet appointment, the President took special pains to disprove that theory: he named John T. Connor, 50, president of the multimillion-dollar drug firm, Merck & Co., as his new Secretary of Commerce to replace Luther Hodges.

Hodges, 66, a former (1954-1960) Democratic Governor of North Carolina who once showed his salesmanship by posing in his underwear to promote his state's textile industry, was in John Kennedy's original Cabinet, made his most...