Nation: Watchdog Beware!

There was the faithful watchdog, barking and ready to bite. There was the burglar, doing his best to scurry away from the premises. There was the cop, who raised his pistol, took careful aim—and shot the watchdog.

To Delaware's Republican Senator John J. Williams, who has won a reputation as Capitol Hill's finest investigator of crockery in government, this was the way things seemed about to turn out last week. Williams was the watchdog. Bobby Baker was the burglar. The Senate's Democratic-controlled Rules Committee was the cop.

Nearly two years ago, Watchdog Williams rose on the Senate floor to charge that Bobby Baker,...

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