The Presidency: Baker's End-Game Plan

Baker's End-Game Plan

Howard Baker went to work one morning last week with a Christmas necktie that was pink with large blue polka dots. Such extraordinary flamboyance for the White House chief of staff made even the President take notice. "I'll give it to you if you'll wear it," said Baker, an offer that Reagan tactfully declined.

The disagreements between those two usually have been on more momentous affairs during their year together. But as they head into the President's final months, Baker is more concerned that "our instincts are too much the same" than that Reagan sometimes goes against his advice. Abrasion is...