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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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

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

Image:  Salad.   A word salad, or schizophasia, is a "confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases," most often used to describe a symptom of a neurological or mental disorder. Gavin Newsom is mildly dyslexic.  ...

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Chilling Out On Climate With Bjorn Lomborg

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, Bjorn Lomborg, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Earlier this year, the world’s elites agonized over climate change as the planet’s great existential crisis. And then along came a global pandemic. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and Hoover visiting fellow Bjorn Lomborg—this week’s guest “GoodFellow” and the author of a new book on the climate-change debate—discuss where the “environmental justice” movement is taking America and the world’s nations.

Analysis and Commentary

A Few States’ Monumental Task – Who Deserves A Spot In Congress’ Statuary Hall?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, July 27, 2020

The passing of Georgia Rep. John Lewis marks the end of an era – the last living speaker at the same 1963 march and rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech (ironically, Olivia de Havilland, the last living cast member of the Georgia-fictional Gone With The Wind, passed away nine days later).

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Is It Time For A California Quadrumvirate?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Friday, July 24, 2020

To the notion of ”evergreen” stories (in journalistic parlance: a topic that never grows old): is California governable?

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A “Wartime” California As It Was Eighty Years Ago? Yes And No

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

California’s been through its fair share of challenges in recent times, but nothing quite like the present pandemic crisis, the containment of which entered a critical stage in mid- to late-July as state and local officials turned to new restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the Golden State.

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Will There Be A “Reopening” Of The Governor’s First Term?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, July 23, 2020

What the future might hold for California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "When Did This Presidential Race Become So . . . Dull?"

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Back From The Future

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Something offbeat this week: the three “GoodFellows” hopping into a DeLorean time machine, à la Back To The Future, speeding two summers into the future and reporting back on what they saw. Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson and H.R. McMaster foresee a 2022 in which the coronavirus seems “so 2020”, the cancel culture overplayed its hand, China suffers an internal backlash, and America pays a price for spending/currency choices.

Analysis and Commentary

Will Clarence Thomas Take One For The Team?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The recent news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suffered a recurrence of cancer raises the question of whether there’s a wild card in the deck of presidential election playing cards: a Senate confirmation battle royal before the Court reconvenes this fall and voters cast their ballots.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Newsom vs. Cuomo in the 2024 presidential race.

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