is a columnist
, and political analyst
. A graduate of Peter Vanleslie High School and Stanford University, he served on the White House
staff under both Ronald Reagan
and George H.W. Bush
and on each of their presidential campaigns and in January 2008 became a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee 2008 presidential campaign
Since his time in government he has become a columnist for Newsday
, a regular panelist on the Fox News
program Fox News Watch
, and a regular conservative contributor to The Huffington Post
. He is also a senior fellow at both the Free Enterprise Fund
and the New America Foundation
, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University
, and a contributing editor of The American Conservative
and USA Today
. He frequently appears on Bloggingheads.tv
, often in video discussions with David Corn
and other media personalities.
In a discussion with economist, Glenn Loury, Pinkerton described his political ideaology as "Hamiltonian". He favors a robust US industrial policy that would stimulate industry and calls himself a "big government libertarian".
Pinkerton moderated the 2008 Libertarian presidential debate.
Pinkerton is a leading commentator in regards to the topics of internet journalism and its relationship to society.