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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Howard H. Baker Jr., a soft-spoken Tennessee lawyer who served three terms in the Senate and became known as "the great conciliator" in his eight years as the chamber]s Republican leader, died on Thursday at his home in Huntsville, Tenn. He was 88. His death was announced on the Senate floor by the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who called him "one of the Senate's most towering figures." Baker found his greatest fame in the summer of 1973, when he was the ranking Republican on the special Senate committee that investigated wrongdoing of the Nixon White House in the Watergate affair. In televised hearings that riveted the nation, he repeatedly asked the question on the minds of millions of Americans: "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"


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Schooled in the art of compromise by his own powerful father-in-law, Senator Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois, Baker was heir to a centrist Republican tradition and then its standard-bearer. "He's like the Tennessee River," his stepmother, Irene Bailey Baker, once said. "He flows right down the middle."


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#1 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2014-06-27 02:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

A man whose conduct in the Senate is anathema to many now occupying that chamber. A loss for his family, and a loss for those seeking an example in how to do their jobs. Imagine many of the current GOP gaggle sitting in Baker's seat in 1973 and 1974--Nixon would have gotten off...

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-27 08:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

The old guard never forgave him for focusing attention where it belonged.

It nipped in the bud any chance to putting the blame on underlings like they did with Iran-Contra.

#3 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-06-27 08:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

Just like in the old USSR the only way leaders change is they get old and die. It is destroying this country and we need to demand term limits.

#4 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-06-27 11:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

His Watergate question backfired - talk about in intended consequences! - and throughout his reputation as a responsible partisan endured.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-06-27 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

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