Bill Whalen

Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism
Biography: 

Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism and a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on campaigns, elections and governance with an emphasis on California and America’s political landscapes.

Whalen writes on politics and current events for Forbes.com. His commentary can also be seen on the opinion pages of the The Washington Post and Real Clear Politics, as well as Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel.

Whalen hosts Hoover’s “Area 45” podcast on politics and policy in the age of the Trump presidency and he serves as one of the moderators of Hoover’s “GoodFellows” broadcast on the social, economic and geopolitical consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Whalen has been a guest political analyst on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN. He’s also a regular guest on the nationally syndicated radio shows hosted by John Batchelor and Lars Larson.

Whalen has served as a media consultant for California political hopefuls and aspiring policy leaders. His past clients have included former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former congressman Tom Campbell and former Los Angeles mayor Richard J. Riordan.

Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, Whalen served as chief speechwriter and director of public affairs for former California governor Pete Wilson. In that capacity, he was responsible for the governor's annual State of the State address, as well as other major policy addresses.

Before moving to California, Whalen was a political correspondent for Insight Magazine, the national newsweekly and sister publication of the Washington Times, where he was honored for his profiles and analysis of candidates, campaigns, Congress, and the White House.

In addition to his time in Washington as a political journalist, Whalen served as a speechwriter for the Bush-Quayle reelection campaign and was a senior associate with the public relations firm Robinson-Lake/Sawyer-Miller, offering media and political advice for domestic and foreign clientele.

Whalen currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

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FeaturedPolitics

Trump-Biden Redux: Proud As A Peacock?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Befitting a state that once sent a pair of outsiders to Washington roughly a couple of centuries ago (Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett), and where Elvis Presley took his last breath (or so we think), Tennessee is the home to the second and final debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Rude Awakenings

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

Commit an outrage, react to the outrage, repeat: why do California’s racial crises recur?

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It’s Time To Debate The Future Of Presidential Debates

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, October 15, 2020

A strange election somehow managed to become all the odder what with the two presidential candidates appearing, at the same time, in separate town hall meetings on rival television networks Thursday night (although, here in the San Francisco Bay Area, President Trump’s appearance on NBC was shown on a tape delay an hour after Joe Biden’s appearance on ABC had wrapped).

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California’s House Races: Is Orange Still The New Blue?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, October 15, 2020

One of the oddities of the California ballot: the left side of the first page (assuming one’s voting by mail and not in person on a touchscreen) couldn’t mean less, while the right side of that page—known as “Card A”—is far more intriguing.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Duck (Harris), Rabbit (Pence)..."

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GoodFellows: Slightly Hawkish?

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Monday, October 12, 2020

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With polls suggesting a Biden victory in November, Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane assess the impact of a change in power on US foreign policy. Their conclusion: not necessarily the same course as the previous Democratic administration—a new president perhaps more willing to use force.

FeaturedPolitics

Duck (Harris), Rabbit (Pence) . . .

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, is an amusing Ben Stiller comedy released in 2004, which also just happened to be Kamala Harris’ first year as San Francisco’s district attorney and Mike Pence’s second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the vice-presidential debates.

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Dirty Initiatives And California’s Clean-Air Problem

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Three things I hate getting in the mail: reminders that I’m overdue to see the dentist, my accountant’s annual January missive gently chastising me to get my pay stubs and receipts in order, and California’s Official Voter Information Guide.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses what to expect from the vice-presidential debates.

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