The Nation: The Man Who Keeps Asking Why

With a courtly yet uncompromising style, Senator Howard Henry Baker Jr., 47, has emerged as one of the Watergate committee's toughest examiners.

Sometimes the Tennessee Republican belabors witnesses with rapid-fire questions. More often, however, the Senator cajoles the witnesses with sympathy and understanding, as he did last week to elicit more details about John W.

Dean III's meetings with President Nixon. Indeed, Baker's style as committee vice chairman has so impressed his colleagues that he has become one of the Republicans' new luminaries looking to 1976—and one of the few to benefit from the...

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