The President-Elect: Reluctant Recruits

Richard Nixon continued his slow methodical labors at transition. His attention focused on Defense Secretary Clark Clifford, whom the President-elect would like to persuade to stay on in his arduous job. Failing that, Nixon may turn to Washington's Senator Henry ("Scoop") Jackson, 56, whose experience on the Senate Armed Services Committee and hard-line views on U.S. defense policy would equip him well, in Nixon's view, to take over at the Pentagon. Democratic regulars have taken to referring to such possible apostates as "Uncle Toms."

Nixon's main trouble last week was that some major figures of both parties seemed reluctant to sign...