The former Senate majority leader, who died this week at 88, took pride in being an insider who got things done. He didn’t go in for hard-core partisan fighting. And he valued civility.
Jim Miller served as special assistant and chief speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and is an award-winning journalist. He is the author of Running in Place: Inside the Senate, and the co-author, along with Tom Shales, of Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live and Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.