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Howard Baker, the last of the Republican moderates [Commentary]
Howard Baker, the last of the Republican moderates [Commentary]

At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable models of goodwill and working across the aisle has departed with the death at 88 last week of Howard Henry Baker Jr. of Tennessee. The state's first elected GOP senator, former Senate majority leader, Reagan White House chief of staff and presidential aspirant was a gentle throwback to the brand of moderate conservatism that got things done without breaking the china. It could be said that he was born into the political aristocracy, but he toiled therein with the common touch of Main Street. He was the son of a congressman and son-in-law of...

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