Bill Whalen
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I’m the Hoover Institution's Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow studying national and California politics. I also host Hoover's "Area 45" podcast on policy and current events in the Trump Era. Prior to Hoover, I served as chief speechwriter to

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I’m the Hoover Institution's Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow studying national and California politics. I also host Hoover's "Area 45" podcast on policy and current events in the Trump Era. Prior to Hoover, I served as chief speechwriter to Gov. Pete Wilson. Before that, I covered politics as a journalist in Washington, D.C. I’ve also advised numerous political candidates (a few of whom actually won). I'm a native Virginian, but luck and providence delivered me to the Stanford campus. Thanks for reading my columns!

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Dec 8, 2019

Is Martin Scorsese Directing Joe Biden’s Campaign?

If De Niro’s Irishman performance seems a little uninspired, how to explain the present version of Joe Biden, stumbling his way through this contest, versus the Biden of 2012, who capably jabbed away at Paul Ryan in their vice presidential debate? The answer: seven years can make a big difference.
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Dec 5, 2019

Whom And What To Blame For Kamala Harris’ Collapse

To all the positing as to why Harris couldn’t remain competitive, I’d like to add two possibilities: the oddness of Barack Obama’s presence (or lack thereof) in this contest; and the mistaken assumption that national campaigns are just super-sized versions of wholesale California politicking.
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Dec 2, 2019

High Crimes And Misdemeanors In Lowcountry

The goal of the ad is to tie Cunningham to business-as-usual in a nonproductive Congress. Which is why it’s arguably effective – and why Cunningham and the other 30 House Democrats presiding over Trump districts may need a more productive 2020 in order to improve the odds of keeping their seats.
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Nov 21, 2019

The Night The Lights Should Have Gone Out In Georgia

Rather than televise a Democratic presidential debate every four weeks, let’s expand that hiatus to eight weeks, until the new year, and give the American people an early holiday gift.
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Nov 19, 2019

Georgia On Their Mind

To the old southern adage that when you die, regardless of your final destination, you have to go through Atlanta first, Wednesday night's debate in the Peach State metropolis seems evident: depending on one’s political preference, prepare for two hours of Heaven or Hell.
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