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Carol Platt Liebau - Columnist
Platt Liebau is editorial director and a senior member of tOR and CRO editorial
boards. She is an attorney, political analyst and commentator
based in San Marino, CA, and has appeared on the Fox News
Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Orange County News Channel, Cox Cable
and a variety of radio programs throughout the United States.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School,
Carol Platt Liebau also served as the first female managing
editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her web log can be found
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Another Six Long Years with Barbara Boxer...
Platt Liebau] 1/17/05
Boxer needs to give it a rest – heck, she needs
to give us a rest. We’ve got six more years to go with
Boxer in the Senate, and perhaps the worst part is that she seems
intent on making us, and everyone else, remember it.
Week before last,
Boxer put on her tin-foil hat and objected to the certification
of President Bush’s victory in Ohio,
thereby forcing a debate of the issue. And although some of her
Democratic Senate colleagues paid lip service to the needless
(and meaningless) disruption, when it came time actually to vote
on whether to sustain Boxer’s objection, she was abandoned
on the far-left bank of the political river: The final vote was
74-1 against her.
In a statement attempting
to explain her objection to the certification, Boxer noted, “Every citizen of this country who is registered
to vote should be guaranteed that their vote matters.” Surely,
then, she’d have some serious reservations about representing
a state where it is illegal for poll workers to ask for proof
of identity from those at the polls. But so far, Boxer’s
silence on this topic has been, well, deafening.
But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, intellectual
consistency (or consistency of any other kind) hasn’t exactly
been Boxer’s strong suit. She has, of course, always claimed
to be a friend to women and minorities – in fact, in 2000,
she called a press conference to protest the treatment of women
and minorities for the federal judiciary, calling it a “nightmare.” In
more recent years, however, she perpetuated the “nightmare,” supporting
the filibuster of two nominees Carolyn Kuhl (a female) and Janice
Rogers Brown (a black female) of California.
Then, last week, in
the wake of her lonesome objection to the Ohio results, Boxer
decided to kick up a little dust surrounding
Condoleezza Rice’s nomination to be Secretary of State.
Let’s understand this: By Boxer’s own race- and gender-conscious
criteria, Rice, as a black woman, should be a superstar. More
importantly, by a race-blind standard, she is a superstar – PhD.,
foreign policy wunderkind, Stanford provost and professor, National
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
for whom reality trumps partisanship, plans to introduce Dr.
Rice to the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
this week – where committee member Barbara Boxer is waiting
to tell her that "I personally believe that your loyalty
to the mission you were given overwhelmed your respect for the
truth," according to prepared remarks released Friday. So,
in effect, the woman who describes herself as “mainstream”– despite
her 95% rating from far left Americans for Democratic Action – is
actually going to suggest that Condoleezza Rice is a liar!
hasn’t yet announced how she plans to vote on Rice’s
nomination – perhaps she’s waiting to see where the
political winds will shift. But once again, her very embarrassing
presence in the U.S. Senate is another reminder of why elections
matter – and why her 2004 re-election should be the last
time that Barbara Boxer has any excuse to claim a mandate from
the people of California. tOR
Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst, commentator and CaliforniaRepublic.org editorial
director based in San Marino, CA. Ms. Liebau also served
as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Her web log can be found at CarolLiebau.blogspot.com