So Who's Minding the Lights?

Baker's resignation signals that it is near closing time at the White House

When Howard Baker signed on as Ronald Reagan's third chief of staff in February 1987, he vowed he would be around to turn out the White House lights at the end of the President's second term. Last week, however, the former Senate majority leader from Tennessee decided to call it quits. The lights are still burning at the White House. But with Baker scheduled to depart on July 1 and evening shadows fast gathering around the Reagan presidency, some in Washington are wondering who will be there to flick the switches next January.

Baker's resignation has enhanced the fin de regime...

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