Carol Platt Liebau: Whose Side Are You On?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Whose Side Are You On?

Byron York reports that a Kerry adherent and volunteer has been hired onto the Senate Intelligence Committee staff of the ever-pious Chuck Hagel, nominal Republican of Nebraska.


A key Republican committee staffer in the politically charged prewar intelligence investigation is a veteran of the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign. Eric Rosenbach, hired by Sen. Hagel to work on prewar intelligence issues, came to the Senate after completing studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government under Rand Beers, a top foreign-policy adviser for Kerry. In Fall 2004, Rosenbach took three weeks to volunteer for the Kerry campaign in York County, Pennsylvania.

Hagel says he knew that Rosenbach worked with Beers (a top Kerry advisor), but not that he worked in the campaign. Please. You don't always need a weathervane to know which way the wind is blowing.

Certainly, it was disingenuous at best for the young man not to have revealed his Kerry affiliation.

But as for Hagel, he's either dishonorable or an idiot. Dishonorable if -- elected as a Republican -- he surreptitiously seeks out staff that are going to formulate and push policies that don't comport with what his constituents believed they were getting when they voted for him. An idiot if he didn't realize that an affiliation with Rand Beers wasn't a pretty reliable signifier that Rosenbach isn't with the Republicans when it comes to national security issues.


Blogger Dittohead said...

Another "dishonorable" three medal war veteran getting swift-boated. Hagul hasn't tried to fool his constituents. He has been very straight forward and public on the issues.

9:46 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

So Hagel is reprehensible for hiring a Democrat to work for him, but Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for not supporting Joe Lieberman when he has all but sworn allegiance to Bush.

Why not just formulate the Carol Rule of Politics -- Both Republicans and Democrats are equally free to slavishly follow Republican ideology. Anything else is shameful.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Anything less than believing in Bush is treason and/or lunacy.

10:51 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

"Dishonorable" or "idiot"? Aren't we being a little hard on Hagel?

I suspect that at either Princeton or Harvard Law, Carol studied under professors whose political affiliations might have differed widely from hers. These differences can enrich, rather than stunt, the learning experience. Why condemn the staffer because he studied under a liberal professor?

Nor should three weeks with Kerry necessarily disqualify the staffer. It is unclear whether he is serving in an investigatory or policy-making capacity; and, even if the latter, having a different perspective on board isn't necessarily a bad idea. In fact, it might be helpful in this case to employ somebody who knows what the Kerry people knew and when they knew it.

I respectfully submit that Hagel's prior conduct on other matters has pre-disposed this blog's author against him.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Whose side are you on?" Of course, the title says it all, doesn't it?

'Are they friend or foe? Gotta know, gotta know now. Must be on guard at all times. Better keep lookin' out for traitors. Must circle wagons around idiot president.'

2:48 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Today, Hagel spoke as a true patriot on the Senate floor....

"The American people want to see serious debate about serious issues from serious leaders. They deserve more than a political debate. This debate should transcend cynical attempts to turn public frustration with the war in Iraq into an electoral advantage. It should be taken more seriously than to simply retreat into focus-group tested buzz words and phrases like “cut and run,” catchy political slogans that debase the seriousness of war. War’s not a partisan issue, Mr. President. It should not be held hostage to political agendas. War should not be drug down into the political muck. America deserves better. Our men and women fighting and dying deserve better."

3:00 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Yes, let's have debate. Debate and run! Same thing. Oh wait, "serious" debate and then run. Way to go Hagel.

3:11 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

Bill O'Reilly says we made a mistake by not realizing the insurgents would never give up.

I think we realized the insurgents would appear and never give up.

If, as the Soviets found, you invade a sovereign nation the task of occupying and appropriating it will lend itself to long, arduous, battle with insurgents.

We did not invade for purposes of occupying, rather to free 25 million people to pursue governance of their own country.

The forces that were removed will not/did not give up easily. It is a fact of war that any study of history will reveal.

So, you slog on, as we are doing, towards the day when the 25 million who want freedom have the fortitude to stand on their own.

In other words, we seized a rare opportunity, gaining for democracy a foothold in the middle east at the invitation of a middle eastern country.

If often muse, ironically, in terms of, say Osama, how did that jihad go? The one where you were going to get the infidels to remove their military from sacred soil? Ya, you know. Saudi Arabia. Oh, not so good. What happened. Oh, ya, sitting in a cave somewhere surrounded by infidels. So, let me ask you, Osama, does that mean you won?

4:23 PM  
Blogger Smith said...

Rosenbach did nothing disingenuous. Disclaiming knowledge of his Kerry affiliation is the Hagel team's way of spinning and kowtowing to the NR.

6:24 PM  

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