Democrats: Skater's Waltz

It is a puny crisis indeed that does not redound to some politician's benefit or distress, and while the political flotsam abaft the U.S.S. Pueblo may not surface for some time, it could certainly pollute Lyndon Johnson's election-year waters. Enough to put his renomination in doubt? The possibility, though small, might just be enough to persuade Senator Robert Kennedy to quit his protective thicket of obfuscation and challenge Johnson directly.

Everybody wants to help Kennedy make up his mind—but there is hardly a consensus. Even among aging New Frontiersmen there is disagreement:...