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).
The Role of Sympathy and Trust in American Politics
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 13, 2012
Obama’s Transparent Political Calculation is Unsettling
Published in Commentary Magazine on June 23, 2011
Conservatives Should Look to the Founders to See How to Fight for Their Ideas
Published in Commentary Magazine on May 5, 2011
The Dangers of Demonization and the Conspiracy Temptation
Published in Commentary Magazine on March 2, 2011
The President’s Speech: An Irresponsible Performance
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 26, 2011
The Cynicism and Intellectual Corruption of the Left
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 10, 2011
Conservatives Must Govern with Prudence and Patience
Published in Commentary Magazine's Contentions Blog on October 26, 2010
Who Decides What's 'Beyond the Pale' of the Republican Party?
Published in Commentary Magazine's Contentions Blog on October 20, 2010
A Disaster for the Gulf Coast, A Disaster for Obama
Published in Politics Daily on June 18, 2010
Obama and 'Initial Error' on Diplomacy, Domestic Issues, and Expectations
Published in Politics Daily on June 11, 2010
Obama Needs to Come Clean on Job Offers to Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff
Published in Politics Daily on June 4, 2010
Republicans Should Repudiate Rand Paul's Civil Rights Stand
Published in Politics Daily on May 21, 2010