iOS app Android app

William Bradley
GET UPDATES FROM William Bradley
Political analyst William Bradley is an award-winning columnist and veteran political advisor.

Beginning as a U.S. Senate intern before the Senate's decline, Bradley has been a senior advisor, special advisor and special consultant to presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, governors and senators, was senior advisor with Arianna Huffington of Shadow Conventions 2000, and advised leading parties in Mexico, Japan, Germany, and Russia. The Post featured columnist and former chief political writer for the LA Weekly and California Business has held federal, state and local posts, co-founded a newspaper in California's capital, dabbled in Hollywood, written for a score of major international publications, hosted a national radio show on XM, and been an on-air Al Jazeera analyst and consultant.

A U.C. Berkeley grad and U.S. Navy vet, Bradley is USC's first senior fellow for online journalism and has been a National Merit Scholar, VISTA Volunteer, Royal Society of Arts and Royal Geographical Society fellow, and guest lecturer at Berkeley and Harvard. A yearly judge of the national AltWeekly Awards, he was a senior fellow of University of Colorado and Cal State University think tanks and is a member of the American Legion and Mensa.

Lauded by the New Republic in its heyday as "California's premier political analyst," Bradley was dubbed an "All-Pro" operative by Campaigns & Elections, mainly for his presidential campaign work, during his twenties. His New West Notes has a 90%+ forecasting record.

The summa cum laude grad and former doctoral fellow, who has done post-grad work at UCLA, USC, Oxford, Stanford, University of Virginia, and the Naval War College, earned memberships in the national honor societies of a half-dozen academic fields, as well as the overall liberal arts, and awards in advertising and public relations. An Eagle Scout and multi-sport and multi-event athlete in high school and college, he has a 1st degree black belt in karate.

Bradley is an analyst on national radio and international television. A permanent student of the dynamics of history, he enjoys the cavalcade of events in these dark and fascinating times.

Entries by William Bradley

The Sanders Saga: From Protest to Power?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 11:44 PM

Is Senator Bernie Sanders on the verge of morphing from protest leader into potential President of the United States? And would that be good or bad for what has been a strikingly successful cause-oriented campaign?

Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do last Monday; she won the Iowa Democratic...

Read Post

After Iowa: A Ticket To Ride

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 11:50 PM

So, on the other hand ... Hillary Clinton won. But there was a big surprise in Iowa after all. Ultra-right Texas Senator Ted Cruz -- that's ultra-right as in falangist -- trailing in the polls and supposedly in danger of finishing third behind Marco Rubio, surged instead to...

Read Post

On the Eve of Iowa

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 11:53 PM

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

Are the races close to being over just before they've begun? If so, it's especially so for Donald Trump, who is taking advantage of unique quirks in the...

Read Post

Riled-Up Dems and Reps on Love and Hate Trips Just Days From First Voting

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 1:52 PM

With the most active voters in Iowa and New Hampshire increasingly discontented with the status quo as the beginning of presidential primary voting is just days away, the Democratic and Republican parties are increasingly gripped by familiar syndromes even as they may be turning to once seemingly impossible choices.


Read Post

For Hillary Clinton, Three Problems and A Solution

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 2:32 PM

There are three principal problems for Hillary Clinton as she attempts to lock down the Democratic presidential nomination. The hothouse atmospheres of Iowa and New Hampshire, the socialist thematics and anti-establishment authenticity of Bernie Sanders, and Hillary's lack of a clearcut mission aside from electing herself.

None of this is...

Read Post

Fallen Eagle: Glenn Frey's Untimely Passing Points Up a Long Run Era

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 2:19 PM

The song from the car speakers sounded out sharp and vibrant and lilting across my high school parking lot. So much so I found myself sprinting across the lot, shouting at the parking driver not to turn off his radio. "What song, what band?," I asked. The disc jockey provided...

Read Post

Isis Crisis: Chaos Beckons Despite Obama's Hopeful State of the Union

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 12:01 AM

President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address painted a hopeful vista for that looks to be a busy year of geopolitical action and beyond. But chaos beckons even more strongly than his rhetoric.

Since the shocking attacks on Paris and San Bernardino late last year, there has been...

Read Post

The Sean Penn Controversy (So What?)

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:57 PM

The feverish over-reaction to the weekend revelation in Rolling Stone that two-time Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn had interviewed a recently recaptured Mexican drug lord points up some of the biggest toxic dynamics in our media culture. They're the four hypes: Hyper-ventilation, hyper-partisanship, celebrity hype, and hypocrisy.

Penn's long if not...

Read Post

Jerry Brown and California Move To Halve Oil Use (As Foreshadowed in 2001)

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 11:59 PM

California showed up big at last month's UN climate summit in Paris, presenting a model for how one of the world's biggest economies can shift rapidly to renewable power and conservation, sharply cutting greenhouse gas emissions while growing an advanced industrial system. Governor Jerry Brown also led the...

Read Post

Trumpism and the Confederacy Dominate the Republican Race (And Help Hillary)

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

It's less than a month till the Iowa caucuses kick off the presidential nomination voting and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump continues to defy repeated predictions by Republican insiders of his impending big fade. The phenomenon of Trumpism remains ascendant in the Republican Party, though the paunchy bully boy has...

Read Post

John Ford's Greatest Film at 70 (plus In Harm's Way at 50)

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 2:21 PM

It was 70 years ago this holiday season that the film I think is legendary director John Ford's greatest -- greater even than The Grapes of Wrath or The Searchers -- was released to an American public just a few months removed from the largest war in world history. They...

Read Post

Star Wars: The Force Awakens An Old Nostalgia and New Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 11:56 PM

The new Star Wars film represents not so much a new hope as an old hope renewed. Or, since it's still the case that so few have actually seen the film, it represents the hope of an old hope renewed.

Though we won't know for sure about the true prospects...

Read Post

Global Climate Change Summit Ends With Agreement to Agree, Actual National Plans Falling Far Short, and Some California Coups

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 10:10 PM

There's a sort of group-think that develops among people cooped up together over time, working on a tight deadline to achieve desperately needed progress. Anything positive becomes something stupendous. Not having been in Paris myself, but having monitored events there closely, the self-congratulatory huzzahs emanating from the City of Light...

Read Post

Post-San Bernardino Politics: Devolutionary Republicans, A Carterizing Obama, Presidential Hillary, and the Inevitability of Trumpism

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:01 AM

The week since the bloody terrorist attack on a San Bernardino holiday party hasn't gone well for American politics. It's mostly been a disconcerting combination of the uncertain and the shrill, the latter crossing the line into outright fascism.

President Barack Obama, though faster than in the past at recognizing...

Read Post

UN Climate Summit's Scattered Approach Points Up Importance of California and Jerry Brown

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:04 AM

There is some very good news and some very bad news about the current United Nations Climate Summit in Paris.

The good news is two-fold: First, that it is even happening at all in the wake of last month's shocking Friday the 13th jihadist terror attacks on the City of...

Read Post

An Odd Home-Grown Jihadism Hits Hard in California: What To Do

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 12:01 AM

Mark Zuckerberg should be so proud. Not only is his much ballyhooed invention Facebook being used to recruit and propagandize for murderous jihadists, one of the San Bernardino killers used it to pledge her allegiance to the leader of Islamic State in the midst of the actual attack!...

Read Post

Spectre's Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:13 PM

Ever since last year's Sony hack revealed concerns about Spectre's budget, screenplay and purportedly future Bond casting, the follow-up to Skyfall, the 50th anniversary Bond film and biggest British film in history, has been a marked movie. Doubts about its late-starting production, some edgy remarks about the role from star...

Read Post

Anti-ISIS 'Grand Alliance' Derails in Wake of Russian Jet Downing and Quick Revival of Business-As-Usual

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 11:55 PM

In the wake of the shocking terrorist attacks on Paris, French President Francois Hollande embarked on a round of high-level summitry at the start of the week just past to create an effective new "grand alliance" to defeat Isis. But his venture, already meeting a disappointing "more of the same"...

Read Post

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 10:56 PM

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, our ever reliable index of...

Read Post

Another Democratic Debate Ends, With Hillary Very Much On Top

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 11:05 PM

With the holidays now approaching, the year is on the verge of ending as it began, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in firm command of the Democratic presidential race and looking rather good for the presidency itself. The weekend's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines saw her remaining...

Read Post