Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political analyst and commentator based near New York. She has provided analysis and commentary on national television for PBS, CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, and has appeared locally on the Orange County News Channel and Cox Cable.
In addition, Carol serves as a substitute host for KABC radio in Southern California and for the nationally syndicated "Hugh Hewitt Show." She has been a guest on a variety of radio programs across the country, including nationally-syndicated shows like "Beyond the Beltway," "Dateline: Washington," and "American Scene," as well as on Southern California PUblic Radio and Pacifica Radio. A weekly columnist for CaliforniaRepublic.org, she has also contributed to the editorial pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has appeared online at Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, as well.
Carol’s work in politics began early. Born on February 13, 1967 and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Carol attended Princeton University, where she was Editorial Chairman of The Daily Princetonian and graduated in 1989 with a degree from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The summer before her sophomore year, she joined the first Senate campaign for former Governor (and current U.S. Senator) Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO), where she spearheaded the opposition research on then-Lt. Governor Harriett Woods.
After Princeton, Carol headed off to Harvard Law School, where she served as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated in 1992.
Carol then moved to Washington, D.C. to become a law clerk for Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In that capacity, she assisted Judge Sentelle with matters arising from his status as chief of the three-judge panel charged with appointing prosecutors under the now-defunct Independent Counsel Act.
At the conclusion of her clerkship, Carol went to Capitol Hill. She served as legislative assistant to Senator Bond, specializing in Judiciary, Crime, Tax, Small Business and Nominations matters and handling the legal issues pertaining to oversight of the Executive Office of the President. Carol also consulted on judiciary and crime issues for the 1994 U.S. Senate campaign of John D. Ashcroft.
She subsequently returned to St. Louis in 1994, and practiced law in St. Louis at Armstrong, Teasdale LLP, as part of the firm's appellate and litigation departments. Consistent with her ongoing political interests, she also served as Spokesman for Missouri Women for Dole in 1996, and later directed Senator Bond's office in eastern Missouri. In that capacity, Carol acted as a surrogate for the senator at official events, and advised on and oversaw the implementation of assorted policy matters. She left St. Louis in 1998, upon her marriage to F. Jack Liebau - a third generation Californian.
Since moving to California, Carol has served as a policy advisor and counsel for Tom Campbell's U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. She has also enjoyed having the opportunity to travel widely throughout California to present speeches, including keynote addresses for the Golden State Republican Women Leaders' Forum; the California Federation of Republican Women's biennial conference; the San Diego County Federation of Republican Women's 76th Annual Convention; and the San Bernardino County Federation of Republican Women's Conference in 2003. Carol also assists on a variety of free-lance projects, including providing advice on the script for Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and participates extensively in volunteer work for organizations as diverse as the Junior League of Pasadena and Soldiers’ Angels.
Carol lives in San Marino, California, with her husband, Jack, and Winston, their four-year-old West Highland white terrier.
Why the Obama administration deliberately and knowingly dissembles about matters of public concern.
The Census Bureau is changing its questions so dramatically that it will be make it almost impossible to measure the impact of ObamaCare in the bureau's next report, due in the fall.
There is an urgent campaign theme that Republicans should seize. Not only is it politically advantageous -- more importantly, it's right.
Yesterday's disclosures demonstrate that, contrary to the President's assurances, there was far more than a "smidgen" of corruption at the IRS. They confirm the darkest suspicions that the IRS was effectively transformed into a partisan attack dog, intentionally loosed on American citizens Democrats didn't like.
Is anyone surprised? There was open pro-Obama cheerleading by IRS workers across the country. It's outrageous -- but these workers were only "little fish," reflecting the open and ugly left-wing partisanship that has led to widespread abuses from the top levels of the IRS on down.
Harry Reid might want to prepare a few of those "Koch" insignias he's babbling about for himself and his buddy Chuck Schumer
It is unfathomably ironic that Hillary Clinton has decided to decry partisanship, given her own history.
GM has certainly behaved inexcusably. But so has the government -- which knew or should have known about the cars' flaws. So why isn't the press talking about its failure to do the job for which we so lavishly fund it?
A new inspector general report says that the Obama administration EPA conducted tests on humans -- without fully disclosing all the risks, even deathly ones -- in order to justify more onerous air regulations.
Despite The White House's triumphant touting of a 7 million figure, a study from RAND shows that only 858,000 previously uninsured people have signed up and paid for ObamaCare.
Libya's CIA station chief told his superiors that there were no pre-attack "protests" in Benghazi . . . a full day before Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and the president took the line that the attack had resulted from spontaneous demonstrations.
Notwithstanding the President's class warfare routine, Democrats are the actual "party of the rich."
Harry Reid didn't just pay his granddaughter $17,000 in campaign funds -- he paid her $31,000.
Harry Reid bought $34,000 worth of "holiday gifts" for donors from his own granddaughter with campaign funds, and then tried to cover it up. If he never actually received or distributed the gifts, his behavior looks awfully similar to the crimes that sent Jesse Jackson, Jr. to prison.
It seems quite possible that Chief Justice Roberts will author a relatively narrow opinion, upholding the religious liberty rights of Hobby Lobby, based on its status as a privately-held corporation.
As predicted, ObamaCare creates a framework for left-wing GOTV operations.
The hotel where the First Lady is staying in China was deemed unjustifiably expensive when the Vice President visited on official business just four months ago.
The Public Integrity section of the Holder Justice Department -- which usually assists in the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases against elected officials -- has been rejecting the efforts of FBI agents to use its resources in an investigation of the activities of Senators Harry Reid and Mike Lee. How strange . . .
Apparently, ObamaCare hasn't made it sufficiently expensive to hire employees, so President Obama is at it again -- this time announcing new regulations that could extend overtime to as many as 10 million new workers.
Senator Jim Inhofe revealed today that the President has wasted $120 billion on global warming over the past five years. That's enough to have bought 1.400 F-35's. And don't forget that fully 80% of the Energy Department's "Green Loans" went to Obama backers.