iOS app Android app

William Bradley
GET UPDATES FROM William Bradley
Political analyst William Bradley is an award-winning columnist and experienced political advisor. His New West Notes, longtime California leader in near real-time political analysis, has a 90%+ forecasting record.

Beginning as a U.S. Senate intern, Bradley has been a senior advisor and special advisor 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 HuffPost featured columnist and former chief political writer for the LA Weekly and California Business has held national, 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 Al Jazeera analyst.

A U.C. Berkeley grad and U.S. Navy vet, Bradley is USC's first senior fellow for online journalism and a former national merit scholar, VISTA Volunteer, and Royal Society of Arts fellow. 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.

The former doctoral fellow, who has done post-grad work at UCLA, USC, Oxford, Stanford, University of Virginia, Naval Postgraduate School and 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. A multi-sport and multi-event athlete in high school and college and a sometime track coach, he has a 1st degree black belt in karate.

Bradley is a frequent analyst on national radio and international television, and enjoys the cavalcade of events in these dark and fascinating times.

Entries by William Bradley

Why 24 Lived Another Day and Will Live Again

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:42 PM

With comments from the head of the Fox broadcast TV network this week to the effect that he is looking forward to another season, it's clear that the return of 24, which wrapped up a 12-episode limited series run last week, has been a real success. Given that the show...

Read Post

California Republicans in Focus: The Controller's Race Gets a Democrat

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The long road back for California Republicans came into clearer focus in the past few days as the Democratic candidate in the race for state controller was finally confirmed and the party's little-known nominee for governor took some ill-advised cracks at the only Republican to win two landslide elections as...

Read Post

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics? Those days of yore are certainly no more, with the global portion of the president's portfolio now dragging down...

Read Post

Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:15 PM

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

As part...

Read Post

Why Are Obama and Kerry Wasting Their Time With 'Iraq?'

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:17 PM

What we have called "Iraq" since the British and French carved up the old Ottoman Empire after World War I is obviously over. So why are President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in the midst of the unfolding Gulf War III, wasting time pretending they might save...

Read Post

Is This What Terror War Success Looks Like?

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 4:23 PM

What does success against jihadist terrorist groups look like? For all the talk of a Forever War, we might just have an answer now.


With activity in the decades-long Islamic jihadist insurgency in the Philippines down to a consistently low ebb, and an autonomy agreement now...

Read Post

If ISIS Is Such a Threat, Why No Air Strikes?

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:06 PM

If ISIS, the al Qaeda offshoot currently rampaging around Iraq, is the threat that the Obama administration says it is, why have there been no U.S. air strikes? Is it because we are once again falling for the fallacy of nation-building, a lengthy process hoping for a better result than...

Read Post

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:17 PM

As the Obama administration seeks to move forward in its policy of dutiful re-engagement with an Iraq in dire crisis, it's important to realize that the devolution and dismemberment of the long defined Iraqi state has already largely occurred. So Secretary of State John Kerry, about to meet with European...

Read Post

Jerry Brown Gets His California Budget, Teachers Unions Get a Harsh Wake-Up Call

(41) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Governor Jerry Brown got another on-time California state budget with nearly everything he wanted, a regular occurrence since he exercised a first-in-history budget veto three years ago, when the state legislature voted on Sunday. And a few days before that, the state's powerful teachers unions got a jarring wake-up call...

Read Post

ISIS Beats a Brutal Counterpoint to Hillary's Happy Book Launch

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Everyone expected this to be a very high-profile week for a political actor best known by a feminine first name. What few expected was that it would be the moniker of an extreme Islamic jihadist outfit sweeping through "liberated" Iraq as it carves out a new de facto state from...

Read Post

Obama's D-Day Misfire Mirrors Other Problems

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:40 PM

President Barack Obama's performance in France at the 70th anniversary of D-Day was something of a disappointment. Perhaps more to the point, it mirrored some of his recent problems, including those in geopolitics.

Before getting to deeper substance, I have to say this. Obama looked a little too bored. True,...

Read Post

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:14 PM

California's primary election yielded several interesting results amidst what looks like a record low turnout. First and foremost, the state's reeling Republicans dodged a silver bullet of their own making on Tuesday night when former assistant U.S. Treasury secretary Neel Kashkari won a hard fight over far right state Assemblyman...

Read Post

California Says 'Welcome Aboard' to Obama's Big Climate Move

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:21 PM

Today's executive order from President Barack Obama, directing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, vindicates California's 2006 decision to move forward on its own to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive program. And the state's successful cap and trade...

Read Post

California Primary: Devolution and the Republican Race to Lose to Jerry Brown

(57) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Just a few days remain till California's primary election. Will California Republicans, whose share of the state's electorate dropped more than seven percent over the past decade, veer even further to the right with their standard-bearer for governor? Or will they at least pick a modernizer who might help point...

Read Post

Mad Men To the Moon: Classic Series Returned To Form in 2014

(35) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:09 PM

After a couple of seasons which sometimes found me grinding my teeth in frustration over my decision to write about the show, Mad Men's seven-episode 2014 season-let, officially Season 7, Part I, has been very satisfying. That was especially so with this year's finale, "Waterloo," set around the communal celebration...

Read Post

Jerry Brown Aims Elsewhere As Republicans Careen Toward California Primary

(14) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:21 PM

With California's chronic budget crisis fast receding the rear view mirror, the big current budget controversy over how big the surplus is and what to do with it, and the state's unemployment rate dropping last month from 8.1% to 7.8%, Governor Jerry Brown isn't especially concerned about the Republican candidates...

Read Post

Mad Men: The Strategy Is My Way

(65) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 5:40 PM

"The Strategy," Mad Men's penultimate episode of 2014, was a very important episode about work and relationships. And in the best tradition of Mad Men, it showed that, for these folks, the most important relationships revolve around work while the best work is about relationships.

There's quite a lot going...

Read Post

Jerry Brown Makes Big Budget Moves While the Republican Race To Lose To Him Intensifies

(16) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 8:10 PM

With less than three weeks until California's primary election, Governor Jerry Brown continues to campaign for a record fourth term by acting as governor while the race for the right to lose to him in November between a pair of little-known yet sharply contrasting Republicans continues to intrigue in an...

Read Post

Mad Men: Direction Amidst Chaos

(24) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Don Draper continued his move toward redemption and re-emergence as a career success in the latest episode of Mad Men, the more than a little bizarre "The Runaways." But as one brilliant talent continued in a positive direction, another careened precipitously into emotional collapse.

That would be Michael Ginsberg, the...

Read Post

Hillary vs. the Media: Real War? Phony War? Or Good Cause?

(36) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Is it Hillary Clinton against the media? Or is that a phony war? Key operatives around her say she hates the news media. If so, will it matter? And does she have cause?

With the release of her memoir on her days as US secretary of state just a month...

Read Post