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Carol 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 at [go to Liebau index]

Stopping the Meltdown
What Beltway Republicans Need To Do

[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/10/06

L.A. Times’ Titillation Factor
Desperation, or Simply Bad Taste?

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/27/06

Three Years Later
How Our Troops Come Home With Honor

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/20/06

A “Big Love” For Controversy?
When “Edginess” Morphs Into Political Correctness

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/13/06

It’s Hard Out Here for a Parent
When Vulgarity Takes Over...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/27/06

Happy Valentine’s Day!
A Few Words in Favor of Men
[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/13/06

The Death of Decorum?
When It’s Not All About You...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/6/06

“Just Say No”
Why Is Abstinence Different?
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/30/06

Making Children “Hostel”
It’s Child Abuse to Subject Children to Horror Films

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/16/06

The Myth of the “Open Mind”
. . . And the Sad State of Supreme Court Hearings

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/9/06

The Liberal Media: 2005’s Big Loser
The New Year Offers a (Much-Needed!) Clean Slate

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/2/06

A Very Telling Omission
Democrats Take a Powder on Iraq—and the War on Terror

[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/19/05

The “Offense” Gambit
Or, How the “Christmas Wars” Began
[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/12/05

From One Extreme to Another
Schwarzenegger’s Strategy of Capitulation
[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/6/05

Radical Individualism and Sexual Morality
The Sorry Lesson of the Michelle McCusker Affair
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/28/05

Dishing, But Not Taking
A Party That Can’t Handle (Truthful) Criticism Can’t Fight Al Qaeda
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/22/05

A Time For Choosing
California’s Special Election – YES on Props. 73-77!
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/7/05

The “New” Halloween
What Does It Say About America?
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/31/05

Careful What You Wish For
The Political Peril of Withdrawing the Miers Nomination
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/24/05

A House Divided Against Itself . . .
What Conservatives Owe Each Other in the Debate Over Miers

[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/17/05

No More Marriages Made in Heaven?
How Feminism and Declining Religiosity Harm Women and Children...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/3/05

A Woman's Place . . .
Silly Female Politicians Block Women's Path to the Oval Office
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/26/05

Making the “Right” Judgment
O’Connor’s Successor Should Be a Constitutionalist
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/19/05

Winds of Conflict
When Everyone Needs to Do Better
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/5/05

John Roberts’ “Michael Jackson” Moment
. . . And the Debasing Effects of Celebrity Culture

[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/29/05

A Change That’s Not for the Better
The Sad Subtext of “The 40 Year Old Virgin”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/15/05

Where Have All the Democrats Gone?
Wanted: An American Tony Blair...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/8/05

Judicial Immunity
John Roberts - a player from inside the Beltway
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/1/05

A Supreme-ly Intelligent Choice
Attacks on John Roberts Make No Strategic Sense...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/25/05

A Lingering Whiff of Political Opportunism
Democratic Outrage with Rove Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/18/05

A Terrible (But Important) Reminder
Even after the London Bombings, “We’re Not Afraid”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/11/05

Have a Blessed Independence Day
America Is, Indeed, A Nation Founded “Under God”...

Let’s “Put the Kids First”
On Behalf of Some (Very) Modest Education Reforms...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/27/05

Holding the Line
The American People Must Set the Standard

[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/20/05

A Cinematic Sign of the Times
“Cinderella Man’s” Old Fashioned Movie Hero

[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/6/05

They Also Serve Who Stand and Wait
A Word of Gratitude to America’s Military Families

[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/30/05

Like the Air We Breathe
The Lasting Importance of American Culture

[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/16/05

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!
Here’s to a Half-Century of Fantasy (and Americana) at its Best

[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/2/05

May Andrea Dworkin Rest in Peace
...Along with the Man-Hating Feminism She Propounded

[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/18/05

Pope John Paul II
Gallant Soldier in God’s Army
[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/4/05

A Tower of Babel?
People of Faith Must Do More to Explain Their Views to the Elite

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/28/05

A Cosmetic Crusade Against Girl Scout Cookies
...And Some Real Discussion About Childhood Obesity

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/21/05

When “Girl Power” Goes Bad
The Deadly Danger of Mindless Political Correctness...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/14/05

The More Things Change...
Once Again, the “Elites” Look Abroad

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/7/05

Dragging “Oscar” Down
Where Have the Uplifting Movies Gone?...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/28/05

The Perfect Madness of "Mommy Stress"
...And the Myth of "Having It All"...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/21/05

Illegal Immigration and the GOP
Pay attention…...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/14/05

Subacademic Discourse
The Sad Message of the Ward Churchill Affair...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/7/05

Just Ignorant, or Downright Destructive?
Those Who Downplay Iraq’s Election Hinder Freedom’s Triumph
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/31/05

Who Should Be Sorry N.O.W.?
Lawrence Summers’ “Feminist” Critics Owe Women an Apology...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/24/05

California’s Biggest Embarassment
Another Six Long Years with Barbara Boxer
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/17/05

Feminism’s Rotten Fruit
When Gender Becomes Nothing But An Excuse...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/10/05

Though Much Is Taken, Much Remains
The Other Side of the Tsunami Story...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/3/05

The “Crimson” Letter
Harvard Law School’s Badge of Shame...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/13/04

From “Crossing the Bar” to Crossing a Line
The Netherlands’ Groningen Protocols Are a Grisly Human Nightmare
[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/6/04

Of Dubious “Values”
A Party that Stands for Anything Stands for Nothing...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/22/04

The More, the Merrier
What Arlen Specter Can Teach the California GOP...

[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/15/04

Why the Democrats Lost   
Or, the Corrosive Power of Hate...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/8/04

A Time for Choosing
Vote Bush, and a Few Other Suggestions..

[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/1/04

Judge ‘Em By the Company They Keep
And Then Vote for Bush
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/25/04

Where Have You Gone, Mrs. Miniver?
When Puppets Must Explain the War On Terror...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/18/04

What the Franchise is Worth
It’s Time to Start Protecting the Integrity of the Vote
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/11/04

Finger on the Keyboard, Toe in the Water
Stepping Into a Brave New Medium
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/4/04

The Wolf Trap
Female Support for “W” Isn’t a “Trick”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/27/04

The Story Behind the Story
A Word of Appreciation For Legislative Nonvoters

[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/20/04

Rather Hypocritical
“Old Media” Flouts the Standards It Sets for Others

[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/13/04

Driving Californians Crazy
Our Flaky, Foolish Democratic Legislature

[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/30/04

Hardly a “Cut” Above
Feminism and the Sexualization of American Culture

[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/23/04

How to Beat the Cheaters
Hugh Hewitt’s “If It’s Not Close They Can’t Cheat”..

[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/17//04

The Democrats’ Potemkin Convention
An Exercise in “Misleadership”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/2//04

Politically “Blessed”
Opportunity Knocks for Barack Obama
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/26//04

The Law of the Playground
…And the Perils of “Girlie Man” Bipartisanship
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/19//04

John Edwards Is No Dan Quayle
...He’s Much Less Qualified...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/12//04

The Charisma Choice
Is Edwards really a good pick for Kerry?
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/6//04

What Would the Founders Think?
Honoring our heritage every day
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/5//04

The Party of Standards
In Praise of Republican Moral Accountability
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/28/04

You’re No Pat Tillman
USA Basketball’s Roster of Shame
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/14/04

Ronald Reagan, American
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/704

Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Alchemist
Conservative Principles Help Restore the “Golden State”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/3/04

Our Choices Shape Our Destiny
The Lessons of the WWII Monument
[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/31/04

Missing: A Sense of Perspective
It’s Time to “Get a Grip” in Politics and the Culture
[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/24/04

Straight Talk for Female Voters
The Best Way to “Care” About Women Is To Keep Their Families Safe
[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/17/04

A True Feminist Icon
The Incredible Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
[Carol Platt Liebau] 5/10/04

An American Soldier
Pat Tillman’s Life and Death Exemplify Why We Fight
[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/26/04

Leading a Parade Down the Road to Nowhere
Jesse Jackson’s Cynical Opposition to Wal-Mart
[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/19/04

A Rich and Rewarding Roadmap
California on “The California Republic”...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/9/04   

Air America Is Unlikely to “Fly”
The Problem? Liberals’ World View
[Carol Platt Liebau] 4/5/04

Destroying the Pledge in Order to Save It
The Irony of the “Ceremonial Deism” Rationale
[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/29/04

Unconvincing, And Certainly Not Inevitable
Sorry, Senator Boxer – The Voters Are the Ones Who Decide
[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/22/04

Blanket Punishment
Where Have All the “Haters” Gone?

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/15/04

Brought to You by the Spending Lobby...
Proposition 56 Deserves to Go Down in Flames

[Carol Platt Liebau] 3/1/04

A Democracy, Not an Oligarchy
Americans Deserve the Opportunity to Debate Gay Marriage

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/23/04

The Clinton Defense and the Kerry Offense
The Importance of “Doing Everything We Can” to Keep America Safe

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/16/04

Interesting Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription
Garry South’s “Words of Wisdom” to the California GOP

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/9/04

Needed: More Praying, Less Politics
The Episcopal Church Is Slowly Driving Out Traditionalists

[Carol Platt Liebau] 2/2/04

Hey, Big Spender!
For Boxer, Ideology and Special Interests Trump Constituents’ Needs

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/26/04

A Tale of Two Spouses
The Irreplaceable Role of the Political Wife

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/19/04   

Budget Cut Crybabies
The “Entitlement” Mentality of California’s Liberals

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/12/04

Our New Year’s Aspirations
Some Thoughts for Republicans at 2004’s Beginning

[Carol Platt Liebau] 1/5/04

A Thrill of Hope
2003 Ends on an Optimistic Note
[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/22/03

What Lies Beneath
The Unworthy Motives Behind Boxer’s Election Bill

[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/15/03

Playing With A Full Deck
Rosario Marin & The Need to Transcend the Race Card

[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/8/03   

Going Sexy at “60”
What the “60 Minutes” Report on Pornography Forgot

[Carol Platt Liebau] 12/1/03   

Talking Turkey about California Politics
Why State Republicans Have Reason to Be Thankful
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/24/03   

Going “Mainstream” By the Numbers
The Irony of Barbara Boxer’s Attack on Justice Brown
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/17/03

Grappling With Groping
Taking Sexual Impropriety Seriously
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/10/03  

Finding Meaning in a Cloud of Smoke
The Unusual Opportunities Presented by California’s Fires
[Carol Platt Liebau] 11/03/03   

Hitting the “Wal”
Why Do Liberals Love to Hate Wal-Mart?
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/27/03   

Drowning Belief in a Pool of Ink
The Los Angeles Times’ Assault on Christianity
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/20/03

The First Lesson of the Recall
Californians Will Vote for the "Right" Republican
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/13/03   

Keeping Our Eyes on the Ball
The Recall is About California
[Carol Platt Liebau] 10/6/03

The Recall’s Forgotten Stepchild
Proposition 54 and Progressivism on the Cheap
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/29/03   

Debate: Arnold Survives
He had to be able to walk away...
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/25/03   

More Davis than Reagan
Tom McClintock’s Blind (Personal) Ambition
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/22/03  

Saved By The Bell?
Ninth Circuit Postpones Recall Election
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/16/03   

The Compliment of Being Taken Seriously
Cruz, Tom and Media Coverage of the Recall
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/15/03   

We’re All “Working People” Now
When Public Sector Unions Take Over, Who Looks Out for Taxpayers?  
[Carol Platt Liebau] 9/1/03   

Running to Win
The Recall and Republican Redemption  
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/25/03   

A Marriage of Convenience
Conservatives should accept Schwarzenegger to help rejuvenate state GOP   
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/25/03

Trumping the Race Card
Republicans Can’t Let Democrats Win the “Race” to the Bottom
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/18/03

Our Glorious Recall
Or, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love California”
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/11/03

Barbara Boxer’s Embarrassing Forays Into Foreign Policy
[Carol Platt Liebau] 8/4/03

Patriotism and Projection
Democrats Need To Care More About People, and Less About Power
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/28/03

Driven to Judicial Fiat
Desperate Davis Turns to the Courts for "Leadership"
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/24/03

Recall Strategy
The California GOP Needs to Stay Flexible – and Above All, Unified
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/21/03

In the Ring With Barbara Boxer
A “Lightweight” Approach to Justifying Abortion Rights?
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/14/03

A “Taxing” Responsibility
The Power to Change Sacramento Rests With Us
[Carol Platt Liebau] 7/7/03

A Different Kind of “Blonde Ambition”
The Unique Appeal of “Legally Blonde”’s California Heroine
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/30/03

California Screamin’
Why Residents of the Golden State Are (and Should Be) Angry
[Carol Platt Liebau] 6/23/03

Slap the Greedy Hand
Authorizing Local Taxes Is Just Plain Wrong
by Carol Platt Liebau 6/9/03

Pomp, Sanctimony – And Hope
The Ironies of a “Liberal” Education
by Carol Platt Liebau 6/2/03

Proudly They Serve
A Memorial Day Thank You to the California National Guard
by Carol Platt Liebau 5/26/03

The Litigation Lottery
California's Unfair Competition Act and the Depradations of Unscrupulous Trial Lawyers
by Carol Platt Liebau 5/16/03

Recalling Our Principles
Why the Davis Recall is Worth Reconsidering
by Carol Platt Liebau 5/9/03

A Holy Mess
Why Do Catholic Politicians Get Away With Ignoring Church Teachings?
by Carol
Platt Liebau 5/2/03

A Bad Attitude
Hostility to Private Enterprise Impedes California’s Economic Recovery
by Carol
Platt Liebau 4/25/03

Just Another Face in the Crowd
Barbara Boxer and the Perils of Internationalist Group-Think
by Carol
Platt Liebau 4/18/03


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