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 is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and writes on politics and current events for Forbes.com. His commentary can also be seen on the opinion pages of the Wall Street JournalReal Clear Politics, Los Angeles Times and the Fox News’ website.

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, Larry Kudlow, Lars Larson and the Bay Area’s Michael Krasny.

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. During those years, Whalen also appeared frequently on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and CNBC.

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.

Filter By:

Topic

Type

Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

The Groundhog Sez: Six More Weeks of Winter . . . and a Republican Congress?

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Since it’s an election year, you know that someone with too vivid of an imagination (and too much time on his hands) is going to connect Groundhog Day to the fall vote. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

CA Gov’s Race: All’s Not Quiet on the Western Front . . . and Other 1914 Analogies

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Monday, February 1, 2010

I recalled Mrs. C after reporters started calling me this afternoon with regard to the latest flare-up between the Whitman and Poizner gubernatorial campaigns — namely, an email sent last week by Whitman consultant Mike Murphy to an unnamed Poizner aide suggesting that Poizner reconsider his run. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Bill Whalen: Politi-CalJust another WordPress.com weblog

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Monday, January 25, 2010

Here’s one reason the New York Times’ decision to move to a paid model for its Web site is a loss for political junkies: you won’t get to see fun reads like this one, an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Campbell Makes It Official: Winners & Losers

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Thursday, January 14, 2010

And now it’s official: Tom Campbell has left the Republican gubernatorial primary and thrown his hat into the race to face Barbara Boxer. . . .

The Morning After

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Voters on the left coast have had their fling with the politics of hope and change—and ended up disappointed. As Arnold goes, so might go Barack. By Bill Whalen.

Analysis and Commentary

In Cash-Starved California, Green Is the New Black

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From this morning’s San Bernardino Sun, an interesting claim that legalizing undocumented immigrants would be a boost to California’s economy. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A California Tax Fix?

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Monday, January 11, 2010

If you’re more interested in the how’s than the why’s of California tax reform — specifically, how altering the state’s tax codes can reduce California’s federal tax burden – then I suggest you check out this opinion piece by economists Andrew Chang and Justin Adams. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Rue Brittania: UK Ranks America’s Ideologues

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Monday, January 11, 2010

As far as British journalism is concerned, there’s much to admire about the Telegraph UK newsgroup. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Eureka! Why don't we take over Nevada?

by Bill Whalenvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, January 10, 2010

And other outside-the-box ideas to regild the Golden State. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Mad Money for California: Annex Nevada, Bankroll Cameron, etc.

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Sunday, January 10, 2010

I have an op-ed in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, suggesting some “creative” ways for California to raise some badly needed revenue. . . .

Pages