Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. He has written for numerous publications—including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial Times, the Weekly StandardCommentary, National AffairsChristianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and he contributes regularly to Commentary magazine’s blog “Daily Commentary.” He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN television and appears frequently on national talk radio programs. In 2011 Forbes magazine featured Mr. Wehner on a short list of conservatism’s leading “educators and practitioners of first principles.” He was described this way: “Author, commentator, problem solver, prolific, daily provider of concise, reasoned, artful analysis and argument; gentle giant of a thinker at the intersection of politics and policy.” He has been named by several magazines as one of the handful of most influential reform-minded conservatives.

Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks).

PUBLICATIONS


Friendship in the Age of Trump

Published in New York Times on April 24, 2016

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Our Great Easter Hope

Published in RealClearReligion on March 28, 2016

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The Man the Founders Feared

Published in The New York Times on March 20, 2016

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What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?

Published in The New York Times on March 1, 2016

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The Passing of a Supreme Court Giant

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 14, 2016

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Certitude and Seeking the Truth

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 25, 2016

Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump

Published in New York Times on January 14, 2016

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The Christmas Revolution

Published in The New York Times on December 25, 2015

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The Closing of Barack Obama’s Mind

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 17, 2015

Paul Ryan’s Voice of Calm Reason

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 30, 2015

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Our Bitter and Graceless President

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 18, 2015

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The Promise of Speaker Paul Ryan

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 30, 2015

Why Ben Carson’s Nazi Analogies Matter

Published in New York Times on October 20, 2015

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Will the Trump Madness Now End?

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 17, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton Finished?

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 19, 2015

When Faith Repairs Broken Lives

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 17, 2015

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Our Morally Disoriented Times

Published in Commentary Magazine on July 30, 2015

Obama’s Worst Mistake

Published in Commentary Magazine on July 15, 2015

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Jeb Bush Makes His Case

Published in Commentary Magazine on June 18, 2015

Have You Ever Been Wrong?

Published in Commentary Magazine on June 6, 2015

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Police Lives Matter

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 14, 2015

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Government Is Not The Enemy

Published in The New York Times on March 1, 2015

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Obama’s Words v. Reality

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 26, 2015

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MLK and the American Founding

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 19, 2015

Conservatives in Name Only

Published in The New York Times on January 15, 2015

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A Christian Defense Of Israel

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 26, 2014

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The Mood of America

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 12, 2014

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Democrats Turn On Obama

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 13, 2014

Barack’s World

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 22, 2014

A Healing Illness

Published in The Weekly Standard on September 15, 2014

Miracle at Philadelphia

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 17, 2014

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Yes, Obama Was Talking About ISIS

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 8, 2014