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Replacing Quayle With Baker

The Times article is interesting and insightful but you should not have stopped just there.

The man who engineered the way for two Presidents, while concurrently placing himself in a variety of career-advancing government positions, is far too creative to allow his long-time friend and current President to select as his first running mate someone who could keep the mantle of supreme power away from Baker for an additional eight years.

The real thinking, begun long ago--and by Baker himself--probably was: “I’ve done chief of staff, I’ve done Treasury, while I’m Vicar of State, I’ll make sure that my last steppingstone to the presidency will be only temporarily occupied by a disposable VP.”

Such a man as President could be an ominous force in the White House. But is that good, or bad?

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LAWRENCE R. GORDON

Santa Monica


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