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.
Deconstructive the Healthcare.gov debacle provides an unpleasant but illuminating lesson in how government works.
The reason the ObamaCare web site is such a failure is because those with political connections -- rather than technical expertise -- are the ones who got to build the project.
From the ObamaCare navigator being sought by police to the story behind ObamaCare's profoundly flawed web site, the Big Government scandal just rolls on.
IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram -- now in charge of the IRS ObamaCare office -- visited The White House a whopping 155 times and shared confidential taxpayer information with the White House. Feel confident that your confidential health care information will be safe, and that the program will be administered fairly?
The MSM is touting some polls -- obviously intended to induce panic and a cave-in by Republicans -- while ignoring other encouraging political news.
Not only did the IRS share confidential taxpayer information with The White House, it happened in the context of the administration's apparent hostility to religion.
Even liberal media outlets begin to realize that Obama can't answer the tough questions.
Sean Duffy explains to Andrea Mitchell what the shut down is really about -- and bereft of the left's talking points, Mitchell is left speechless.
A Catholic priest has come forward to reveal that the Obama administration denied him the right voluntarily to conduct Mass for his parishioners, as a result of the shut down.
It's hard to believe the press will actually "get real" with the President, but here are a few items they might want to inquire about at today's press conference.
Funny, Senator Barack Obama's views on the debt ceiling and the possibility of default are quite different from thoe of President Barack Obama.
Apparently, during the shutdown, government can do exactly what the Obama administration tells it that it can do. Feel better about giving government control of your health care yet?
Catholic priests who are not part of the armed forces have been threatened with arrest if they perform religious services on military bases during the shut-down, even if on a volunteer basis. Clergy should defy the mandate, even if it means arrest.
A Saturday Night Live parody expertly mocks the insipidity, shallowness, and self-absorption of Lena Dunham vehicle "Girls."
Veterans are locked out of memorials, children aren't getting their cancer treatments, and NFL & baseball games aren't being broadcast to our troops overseas. Yet presidential retreat Camp David remains open, and one wonders: Will the President golf even as his administration tries to extract maximum public pain from the shut-down?
Could Harry Reid really have meant the ugly remark he made about not caring about children with cancer? He says not. But a look at his history of unpleasant rhetoric isn't reassuring.
Even admitted Obama supporters are growing annoyed with the peevish, petulant lecturing that passes for Presidential rhetoric these days.
Not only were the octogenarian heroes -- whose risked their lives fighting in the conflict -- barricaded out of the World War II memorial, but The White House specifically refused a congressman's request that an exception be made for them.
The whiff of corruption has long surrounded Harry Reid. Though Reid claims he knew nothing of it, today one of his big donors was sentenced to two years in prison for breaking campaign finance laws.
Discussing the government shutdown, President Obama simply insists that he has no obligation to negotiate with Republicans.