Where is the Democrat’s version of Senator Howard Baker, someone who is not afraid to stand up to an imperial President of his or her own party?

With the passing of former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee, Democrats have a chance to rise above partisanship and get serious about the IRS scandal.

As many voices from all over the political spectrum have pointed out, Baker, a Republican, set an example as a leader who put the nation first and politics second while attempting to discover the real truth about possibly illegal activities by Republican President Richard Nixon. Although he had a long, distinguished Washington career, Baker will forever be remembered for repeatedly posing the question,“What did the president know, and when did he know it?” — a question that has since become a Washington cliché.

Baker kept asking his now-famous question as vice-chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. This special committee was set up to investigate the 1972 Watergate Hotel break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Eventually that investigation led to revelations of numerous other abuses of power leading to Nixon’s resignation on August 8, 1974.

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