Edward M. Queeny, Monsanto Chemical Co. president and G.O.P. contributor, had an idea. The Missouri delegation that supported Wendell Willkie at the 1940 Convention had long since soured on Mr.Willkie's outspoken internationalism. Why not draft a set of have-you-stopped-beating-your-wife questions and demand that Willkie answer them in writing? In St. Louis, Queeny drew up nine questions, gave Willkie a ten-day deadline for his answers. Samples:
"If you favor a World State, what would you do about nations that refuse to come in?
"Do you believe that it is desirable for America to permit flooding our country with alien individuals and alien ideas?"