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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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses presidential candidate Joe Biden's comments concerning impeachment.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the California Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco, as well as the policies that were booed, the candidates who did well, and who wasn't there.

Analysis and Commentary

The White House Hasn't Gone To The Dogs, Which Doesn't Seem To Dog This President

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, June 3, 2019

Years after a Democratic president supposedly observed that a dog was the only true friend to be found in the nation’s capital (like many a Mark Twain quote, we don’t know if Harry Truman actually said the words), it would be seem that a few Democratic presidential candidates see a canine as their ticket to the Oval Office.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On Impeachment, California Politics, And 2020

interview with Bill Whalenvia The Federalist
Friday, May 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Robert Mueller’s press conference this week and how the Democrats are leaning into impeachment. He also talks about the political landscape in California and the decline of the Golden State’s Republicans.

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Goodbye San Francisco, Hello Columbus? Say It Ain't So, Joe!

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Joe Biden didn’t leave his heart in San Francisco. Nor has he taken leave of his senses, which may explain why Biden’s not taking part in this weekend’s California Democratic Party convention in the fabled “city by the bay.”

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

Why Would “Uncle Joe” Resist The Land Of The “Resistance”?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Call it a coincidence, but only a few days after California state senators voted unanimously to outlaw the use of circus performing animals in the Golden State, presidential hopefuls will be pouring into San Francisco to take part in this weekend’s California Democratic Party convention.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Election Forecast Models Trump The President's Bad Poll Numbers."

Analysis and Commentary

Election Forecast Models Trump The President's Bad Poll Numbers

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, May 27, 2019

America doesn’t lack for superhero movies in the summer of 2019: an X-Men sequel will premiere a few days from now, followed in July by another Spiderman installment. But what of the Democrats’ search for a superhero of their own?

Analysis and Commentary

Smoggy Day(s) In Washington Town

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Once again I’m late to the game, in this instance only now binge-watching The Crown – the lavish (and, at times, historically challenged) Netflix series about the last seven decades of the British royals.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

The California Way To Celebrate The Memorial Day Weekend?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 23, 2019

If you haven’t mapped out your Memorial Day weekend plans, the good folks at CNN have this list of possible destinations.

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