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 Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Affairs 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 “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.” 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).
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Conservatives and the Need for an Appealing Governing Philosophy
Published in Commentary Magazine on March 13, 2015
Brian Williams, His Fall from Grace, and the Need for Grace
Published in Commentary Magazine on February 11, 2015
The Smartest Guy Ever to Be President Isn’t Quite As Smart As He Thinks
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 22, 2015
“What We Have Loved, Others Will Love, and We Will Teach Them How”
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 6, 2015
Putting the “Torture Report” In Historical and Moral Context
Published in Commentary Magazine on December 10, 2014
Obama’s Strategy to Defeat ISIS Collides with Reality
Published in Commentary Magazine on October 14, 2014
The White House Press Secretary Isn’t Telling the Truth. And I Can Prove It.
Published in Commentary Magazine on August 26, 2014
“The Tide of War is Receding,” “We Don’t Do Stupid [Stuff],” and Other Myths
Published in Commentary Magazine on August 12, 2014
The GOP’s Growing Vulnerability on Cultural Issues
Published in Commentary Magazine on July 7, 2014
GOP Task: From Oppositional to Governing Conservatism
Published in Commentary Magazine on March 7, 2014
“We Thought That [Obama] Was Going to Be the Next Messiah”
Published in Commentary Magazine on December 19, 2013
Compromise, Moderation, and the American Constitution
Published in Commentary Magazine on December 17, 2013
Obama’s “Coalition of the Ascendant” Is Collapsing
Published in Commentary Magazine on December 5, 2013