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, Christianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. 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).
“Pete Wehner has become the conscience not only of our organization, but really of the conservative movement, holding us true to our principles, including those that it’s somewhat difficult in the course of a difficult struggle to remain faithful to.” — Robert P. George, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala
“Pete has been a welcome, principled voice of sanity this election season.” — Kate O’Beirne, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala
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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
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