Politics: How COPE Will Cope

"Politics," wrote Union Leader Sidney Hillman in the heyday of Big Labor's entente with Franklin Roosevelt, "is the science of who gets what, when and why." Under Lyndon Johnson, who clears nothing with George Meany, labor has found Hillman's three Ws aggravatingly hard to get. Yet, despite its president's recent hints that the A.F.L.-C.I.O. may jilt the Democratic Party, the federation's energetic Committee on Political Education (COPE) has already made clear that its 1966 electoral strategy will be, as usual, to support the Democrats.

Three-Pronged Effort. COPE's first major commitment was made...