Bruce Herschensohn

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Stanley Bruce Herschensohn
Born (1932-09-10) September 10, 1932 (age 85)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Residence Washington, D.C.
Spouse(s) Bunny Domenic, March 8, 1963
Parent(s) Herbert Lawrence Herschensohn
Ida Esther (Erlichman) Herschensohn

Stanley Bruce Herschensohn (born September 10, 1932) is an American political commentator, author and senior fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy in Malibu, California.[3][4]

Herschensohn quickly rose to prominence in the Republican Party, becoming a consultant to the Republican National Convention in 1972 and joined the Nixon administration on September 11, 1972. He served primarily as a speech writer.[5] He left following Nixon's resignation, but served on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Transition Team and as an official in the Reagan administration.

Previously, Herschensohn has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Claremont Institute and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught politics at the University of Maryland, Whittier College and at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.[6]

Political campaigns[edit]

Unsuccessful 1986 U.S. Senate primary campaign[edit]

In 1986, Herschensohn unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat held by Democrat Alan Cranston. He finished far ahead of the crowded pack in the Central Valley and Orange County,[7] but finished second to U.S. Representative Ed Zschau of the Silicon Valley, who won the nomination by plurality.

In the general election, Cranston barely defeated the moderate Zschau to secure his fourth and final Senate term in what was by far Cranston's closest Senate election. Zschau, considered a moderate to liberal Republican, later left the party and became an independent.

1992 U.S. Senate election[edit]

In 1992, when Cranston retired, Herschensohn won the Republican nomination narrowly defeating U.S. Representative Tom Campbell, a more moderate Republican who had been on the faculty of Stanford University and who had been elected to Zschau's former Congressional seat. Herschensohn received 956,136 votes (38.2 percent) to Campbell's 895,970 (35.8 percent). The remaining 417,848 ballots (16.7 percent) went to Mayor Sonny Bono of Palm Springs, also a relative moderate. During the primary campaign and afterwards, Herschensohn became a close friend of Bono and encouraged his former rival to seek election to the United States House of Representatives in 1994.[citation needed]

Herschensohn, the Republican nominee and a Los Angeles area conservative radio and TV personality, lost the 1992 general election to the Democratic Party nominee Barbara Boxer, while winning over one million votes more than the national ticket of the Republican Party.



Herschensohn has written a number of books on foreign policy, his most recent being Obama's Globe: A President's Abandonment of US Allies Around the World.

Editorial Reviews for Obama's Globe: Dennis Prager, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host: "It's truly a critical book." "Brief and powerful." "It's something that the Romney campaign ought to memorize." "The Dean, in my opinion, of observers of foreign policy – Bruce Herschensohn." "My favorite analyst of world affairs, Bruce Herschensohn. And I mean that quite literally."

The American Spectator: "Bruce Herschensohn calmly makes a devastating case against the foreign policy of President Barack Hussein Obama and, more importantly, offers readers a foundation on which they can build their own ability to assess American international relations going forward."[8]

FrontPage Magazine: "In the first presidential debate of the 2012 election, Republican challenger Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama handily in a takedown of the President's devastating domestic policies. Foreign policy wasn't addressed, but all Romney need to do to brush up for a victory in that arena is study Bruce Herschensohn's new book."[9]

Human Events: "Herschensohn was once a former deputy special assistant to President Nixon, who hailed him as 'particularly well qualified in an area I find important, foreign policy. He is an expert in that area.' To have been called an expert in foreign policy by Richard Nixon is like having Pavarotti say you're a great singer. Nixon often dazzled audiences with tours d'horizon of international affairs, and Herschensohn does the same...."[10]

ConservativeHQ: " is definitely a must read for anyone wishing to understand why America seems more alone in the world now than it has ever been."[11]



  1. ^ Dershowitz, Alan M. (1998). The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century. Simon & Schuster. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-0-684-84898-3. ...Jews who came to the defense of the Christian right – including ... Bruce Herschensohn ... are among our most extreme political conservatives... 
  2. ^ Slater, Elinor; Robert Slater (1994). Great Jewish Women. Jonathan David Company, Inc. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-0-8246-0370-0. Retrieved 2008-12-07. Many voters ... did not realize that Boxer, or Herschensohn, ... were Jewish ... 
  3. ^ Richard L. Berke (June 1, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Senate Race Primaries for Cranston's Seat Expose Rifts in California Parties' Ideologies; Republicans View Contest for Heart of Their Party". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Contemporary Authors Online". October 17, 2001. 
  5. ^ S. Bruce Herschensohn Exit Interview (National Archives), Nixon Library and Museum
  6. ^ "". 
  7. ^ Simon, Richard (June 5, 1986). "Valley Candidates Took a Drubbing at Home in GOP Senate Voting" (Fee). Los Angeles Times Archives -Metro; 2; Zones Desk (Valley Edition). p. 8. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  8. ^ Obama Carlessness Archived November 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Obamas Epic Failure
  10. ^ Book Review
  11. ^ Bruce Herschensohn Explains the Mess We Are In

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ed Zschau
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Matt Fong