What Beltway Republicans Need To Do
The premier source for
California political news
your part to do right by our troops.
They did the right thing for you.
tOR Talk Radio
Lingering Whiff of Political Opportunism
Democratic Outrage with Rove Doesn’t Pass the Smell
Platt Liebau] 7/18/05
the United States of America (and the Bush Administration)
enjoyed a trifecta
of good news – on the foreign, economic
and domestic fronts. A poll by the Pew Global Attitudes Survey,
found that public support for Osama bin Laden and terrorist violence
had fallen dramatically in several Islamic countries. With tax
revenues rolling in far above estimates, the budget deficit is
now projected to be $94 billion less than projected just last
February. And it was announced America’s nine year olds
last year earned the best scores in reading and math than they
had received in over thirty years – with the achievement
gaps between racial groups having narrowed appreciably.
Carol Platt Liebau - Senior
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
[go to Liebau index]
that fewer Americans learned this good news than should have,
the press was too busy “reporting” on
the Karl Rove affair – focusing on a man who didn’t name the woman who wasn’t a covert agent in the first place.
And the press’ zeal has been exceeded only by that of the
determined to exact revenge upon the man that some have called “Bush’s
brain,” Democrats have
gathered en masse to call for Rove’s firing, resignation,
or – at the very least – the suspension of his security
clearance. Certainly, politics is a contact sport, and so it’s
perhaps to be expected that the Democrats would try to find any
plausible reason to sideline one of the other team’s MVPs.
(Some Democrats would argue that it was the Republicans’ primary
strategy against Bill Clinton in the 1990’s, although he
certainly gave his adversaries plenty of help).
an indictment or other serious legal problem for a prominent
it is likely that the Democrats’ gambit
will fail. Among the many reasons is this: The Democrats’ over-the-top
indignation about the supposed “outing” of a CIA
agent just doesn’t pass the smell test.
there are some Democrats who are longstanding supporters of
and having believed the most serious charges leveled
against Karl Rove, are truly outraged. But for the most part,
the entire scandal has the whiff of manufactured controversy.
For many Democrats, professing an overwhelming concern for CIA
secrecy is like a lot of Republicans shrieking in fury because
someone didn’t obtain all the government benefits for which
he was eligible. The rage could be genuine, but it doesn’t
exactly comport with long-standing public perceptions of the
it was in President Clinton’s Pentagon that
Morton Halperin was chosen to serve as assistant secretary dealing
with democracy and human rights. That’s the same Morton
Halperin who openly championed Philip Agee, the man who “outed” CIA
agents all over world (and whose nefarious activities prompted
the drafting of the law at the center of the Rove controversy).
It was then-Representative Robert Toricelli (D-NJ) who admitted
that he violated his oath of secrecy as a House Intelligence
Committee member to reveal information about allegations of CIA
involvement in the murder of a Guatemalan revolutionary. And
it was Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) who resigned as vice-chairman
of the Senate Intelligence Committee after leaking classified
information to a reporter.
history (and more) it’s going to be hard to
convince a critical mass of the American people – absent
an indictment or other serious legal consequences – that
the Democrats’ new-found disdain for leaking and respect
for classified information is anything but political opportunism.
This impression is only reinforced by the fact that every new
revelation so far suggests that no laws have been broken by Rove
or any other Administration official.
the fourth piece of recent good news for the Bush Administration. tOR
Carol Platt Liebau is a political analyst, commentator and
theOneRepublic / 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