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Analysis and Commentary

Bump Trump, Keep The Veep? Welcome To The August Rumor Mill

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, August 23, 2019

In a week in which President Trump sent mixed messages on tax cuts, Joe Biden struggled with events of 50 years ago (note to his handlers: don’t let him near the fact-challenged Tarantino movie) and China escalated trade tensions, here are three summer plot lines that intrigue – and ultimately may fizzle.

Tony Thurmond, California Schools Chief Candidate, Has Poor Record As Trustee

by Williamson M. Evers
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tony Thurmond is a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction in the November election. His advocates promise he would improve education in California and point to his years (2008 to 2012) on the school board in the West Contra Costa Unified School District as evidence of his educational leadership skills.


Bill Whalen On "Some Republicans Want To Challenge Trump In 2020"

interview with Bill Whalenvia KCBS Radio
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the presidential race and the attacks on President Trump.


Federal Appeals Court Rules Colorado Was 'Wrong' To Force Electors To Vote For Hillary Clinton In 2016

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on a federal court ruling in Colorado, concerning the Electoral College, that could make its way to the Supreme Court.

PoliticsAnalysis and Commentary

For Pete’s Sake: Tough Times In California Will Call For A Tougher Governor

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 22, 2019

This column begins with birthday felicitations for my former boss, Pete Wilson, who turns 86 later this week.


Victor Davis Hanson: What Could Sink Trump’s Chances In 2020?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, August 22, 2019

What factors usually reelect or throw out incumbent presidents? The economy counts most. Recessions, or at least chronic economic pessimism, sink incumbents. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were tagged with sluggish growth, high unemployment and a sense of perceived stagnation — and were easily defeated.

In the News

Dems Memory-Hole Their Records And Other Commentary

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Post
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

“Rarely have we seen an entire primary field of candidates scrambling to renounce all their past identities and agendas — and to do so unapologetically, abruptly and vehemently,” National Review’s Victor Davis Hanson writes of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Apparently, all of the candidates believe that the way to the top is to take back everything they once said they believed in when it comes to issues like immigration and law and order. 


Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his California On Your Mind article "California’s “Motor Voter” System: Unsafe At Any Speed."

Analysis and Commentary

Progressive Democrats Renounce Their Former Selves

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Not long ago, the current presidential contenders opposed open borders, sanctuary cities, and federal funding for abortion. Now they can’t move left far and fast enough.


Lanhee Chen: Week In Politics: The Economy, 2020 Polling, Presidential Candidates’ Policy Proposals And More

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KPCC 89.3 (Southern California)
Monday, August 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses Hong Kong, the US economy, Democrat candidates for president, and much more.