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 Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, and Time magazine—and contributes regularly to Commentary magazine’s blog “Contentions.” 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.” In 2013 he was named as one of a handful of influential reform-minded conservatives The Washington Monthly and profiled in National Journal as one of the strategists and “policy wonks” focused on reforming the GOP.

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


Why Politics Matters

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 20, 2014

Ann Coulter’s Absurd Defense

Published in Patheos.com on August 15, 2014

Ann Coulter’s Casual Cruelty

Published in Patheos.com on August 8, 2014

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A Cheerful Conservative

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 12, 2014

Mozilla and the Prophet Isaiah

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 9, 2014

Obama’s World of Make Believe

Published in Commentary Magazine on March 20, 2014

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In Defense of Social Justice

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 18, 2014

Demographics and the GOP

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 6, 2014

Our Chastened President

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 23, 2014

Let Reagan Be Reagan

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 21, 2014

The Scandal of Grace

Published in Patheos - Philosophical Fragments on January 21, 2014

A Conservative Vision of Government

Published in National Affairs on January 1, 2014

The Obama Presidency in Crisis

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 19, 2013

A Debacle for Liberalism

Published in The Weekly Standard on November 11, 2013

Krauthammer On Things That Matter

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013

Obama Disassociates from Reality

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013

Subordinating Truth to Ideology

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 16, 2013

Mistaking God’s Will for Our Own

Published in Patheos.com on October 8, 2013

The Age of Invective

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 3, 2013

This Town Isn’t So Bad

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 1, 2013

The Remarkable Pope Francis

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 23, 2013

When the Stars Vanish

Published in Patheos.com on September 17, 2013

Whose Morality?

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 19, 2013

Roger’s Neighborhood

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 19, 2013

Marco Rubio’s Folly

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 6, 2013

The Meaning of Gettysburg

Published in Commentary magazine on July 1, 2013

The Virtue of Gratitude

Published in Commentary magazine on June 14, 2013

They’ll Always Love Obama

Published in The Weekly Stanard on June 3, 2013

Obama Fatigue

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 3, 2013

The President, His Budget, and the Poor

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 11, 2013

The Iron Lady Belongs to the Ages

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 8, 2013

Political Moderation and the Conservative Disposition

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 1, 2013

GOP Should Stand Firm Against Drug Legalization

Published in Washington Post on April 2, 2013

Party, Heal Thyself

Published in TIME Magazine on March 11, 2013

Moral Presuppositions and Politics

Published in Commentary magazine on February 18, 2013

The Absentee Commander in Chief

Published in The Wall Street Journal on February 10, 2013