Bad news, folks. One of the last good Republicans is no more:
Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr., who asked what President Richard Nixon knew about Watergate, has died. He was 88.More details:
Baker, a Republican, served 18 years in the Senate. He earned the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike and rose to the post of majority leader. He served as White House chief of staff at the end of the Reagan administration and was U.S. ambassador to Japan during President George W. Bush's first term.A pity. He was one of a breed of Republicans that is quickly vanishing; one who believed in working with others and getting things done.
His question at the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings — "What did the president know and when did he know it?" — became famous. It instantly focused the nation's attention on the cover-up that — more than the Watergate break-in itself — eventually brought down Nixon's presidency