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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Education, Economics—And Woodpeckers

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A simple question for this week: where will we be a year now, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic has been tamed? Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster debate COVID-19’s lasting effects on the economy, education, and the public’s willingness to risk its health—all while one of the GoodFellows does battle with an invading woodpecker.

Analysis and Commentary

'Sundays Are For Jesus And Football' -- Well, Maybe Not In California

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As he does battle with the coronavirus, a record-setting $54 billion state budget deficit (roughly one-fourth of the budget he proposed back in January), plus statewide unemployment expected to reach Great Depression levels when the numbers are soon announced, California Gov. Gavin Newsom may be facing a nemesis he’d be wise to try and avoid.

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As He Ponders Running Mates, Is There A Truman, A TR Or An LBJ In Joe Biden’s Future?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sometimes, a bad situation can yield some good – for me, a chance to take advantage of California’s coronavirus quarantine and re-watch Ken Burns’ “intimate history” of the lives and times of Franklin, Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt that first appeared on PBS almost six years ago.

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California’s Staged Response Invites Stages Of Grief For Its Governor

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 7, 2020

The word that defines California for the next several weeks: “stage.”

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Hits The Road – And Faces A Narrow Road To Re-Election

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Now that President Trump has visited Arizona and apparently attends to swing by Ohio “very soon,” let’s take a look at the national map and figure what he’s up to — and where else he might be headed in the weeks ahead.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Other Than A Candidate Stuck At Home, How’s The Health Of Biden’s Campaign?"

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A “Wartime” President?

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The “war” on COVID-19 continues a trend of affixing that word to life’s miseries (poverty, drugs, cancer). Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson and H.R. McMaster debate whether “war” applies to pandemics, if Donald Trump’s “wartime presidency” is more akin to LBJ’s than FDR’s, plus Joe Biden’s odd fixation with the late Hoover economist Milton Friedman.

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Other Than A Candidate Stuck At Home, How’s The Health Of Biden’s Campaign?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Assuming the candidate himself is surviving his Delaware quarantine unscathed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the question would be: what, if anything, presently ails Joe Biden’s presidential run?

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Assuming Julia Louis-Dreyfus Doesn’t Want The Job, Kamala Harris Likely Does

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, April 30, 2020

To the adage “it’s good to be king,” don’t forget the queen—in this case, California senator Kamala Harris, who may be the current ruling monarch of Democratic possibilities.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "On Your Mark (Cuban), Get Set, Go . . . Third Party?"

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