Nation: Howard & Jimmy

Virtue is its own reward

For a Republican, the minority leader of the Senate and a potential presidential rival in 1980, Howard Baker of Tennessee has been quite a bit of help to Jimmy Carter. He played a crucial role in getting the Panama Canal treaties passed, despite threats from the right wing of his own party to torpedo his presidential ambitions. He persuaded Senate Republicans to support Carter's proposal on plane sales to the Middle East, and outraged the powerful Jewish lobby. Last week, smarting from the blows he received over the plane deal, Howard dropped in at the White House...

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