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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Analysis and Commentary

The Bigger Hurdle: Harris Becoming VP, Or Newsom Picking Her Successor?

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In politics, as in baseball, June predictions aren’t the wisest -- especially when it comes to forecasting presidential running mates. That said, Joe Biden has done a favor for those of us who engage in idle “veep” speculation. By limiting his choices to strictly double-X-chromosome, the Democrats’ nominee-in-waiting has a tapered list of options. And if recent news accounts are to be believed, at the top of said list is California Sen. Kamala Harris, who at this time in 2019 was a presidential hopeful.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

Biden’s “Short List” Is Long On Complications

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, June 14, 2020

President Trump turned 74 today, not that the nation was paying much attention given the unrest in Atlanta.

In the News

Bill Whalen And David Henderson Conversation

featuring David R. Henderson, Bill Whalenvia USSA News
Saturday, June 13, 2020

On June 4, my Hoover colleague Bill Whalen interviewed me about my latest article for Hoover’s Defining Ideas, “Just Say No to State & Local Bailouts,” June 3. I had heard and seen a talk by Bill on Zoom a week earlier and was impressed with his deep knowledge of California politics. His show is titled “Area 45.” 

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

For One Bush, Does Viability Trump Family?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, June 12, 2020

I don’t know what my extended family has planned for Thanksgiving, but if I could be a fly on the wall at some other clan’s gathering it would be that of the Bushes.

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Where Have You Gone, Jack Kemp?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 11, 2020

As a product of the East Coast, here’s one way that I’ve come to process what’s occurred in California in recent weeks: cicadas.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "As Trump Runs For A Second Term, Is He Running Out Of Luck?"

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

As Trump Runs For A Second Term, Is He Running Out Of Luck?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, June 7, 2020

I do believe that this Los Angeles Times account marks maybe the 1,968th time that I’ve read an article or essay comparing this election year that of 1968.

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Will Proposition 13 Become A COVID-Related Casualty?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Not that it’s to be confused with a criminal act, but California governor Gavin Newsom’s decision last month to issue November mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the Golden State raises the question of motive.

Interviews

Bill Whalen: The State Of California: The State's Relationship With The White House In Wake Of Nationwide Protests

interview with Bill Whalenvia The State of California (KCBS)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses California's and Governor Newsom's relationship with President Trump and how that relationship will impact monetary help for California.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the riots and looting especially in the wealthier areas of Los Angeles.

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