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.

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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. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Campbell Senate Switch-a-roo. Is It Soup Yet?

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Friday, January 8, 2010

Two California political stories that won’t go away: will any Democrat try to get between Jerry Brown and his party’s nomination for governor. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

See Jane Run?

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Thursday, January 7, 2010

How’s this for a surprise entry in the California governor’s race. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Sacramento: The Pig and Pony Show

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So the future of California rests in the hands (hooves?) of pigs and ponies. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Budget Special Session: The Sequel, to the Sequel, to the Sequel, to the Sequel . . .

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So Governor Schwarzenegger has started the State of the State/budget news cycle by calling for a special sesson to deal wth the state budget crisis, the Capitol Weekly reports. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The State of Arnold’s State of the State Address

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Monday, January 4, 2010

The first work week of the first year of a new decade, and we begin with a familiar story in California: will there be much newsworthiness in Governor Schwarzenegger’s upcoming State of the State Address. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A Christmas Present Steve Jobs Won’t Get — But Deserved

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Thursday, December 17, 2009

To the adage that airplane crashes and celebrity deaths occur in groups of three, I’d like to add another category: questionable award choices. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Five Things to Watch in California in 2010

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 is coming to a close – mercifully, it would seem, for California’s ruling class. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Your Stimulus Dollar$ at Work

by Bill Whalenvia Bill Whalen: Politi-Cal
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Here’s proof that sometimes there’s no escaping Washington, no matter how far off the beaten path one travels. . . .

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