DEMOCRATS: Half-Free, Half-Open

The political news of the week was that Franklin Roosevelt had apparently been persuaded to let the Democratic convention choose its own candidate for Vice President. This decision was partly the result of relentless pressure from the Southern conservatives in his own party, partly the product of counsel from New Dealers who prize victory higher than Henry Wallace.

The new strategy, as it leaked out from high places: Franklin Roosevelt, after he himself has been renominated, is expected to let the convention know that, while Henry Wallace is his personal choice for the Vice Presidency, he will not insist on...