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


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

Drone Strikes, Waterboarding, and Moral Preening

Published in Commentary magazine's Contentions on February 6, 2013

America’s Exodus from Marriage

Published in Commentary on January 17, 2013

The Recalibration of Conservatism

Published in Commentary Magazine on December 6, 2012

The Death of ‘Mediscare’

Published in The Wall Street Journal on November 29, 2012

Promises, Promises

Published in The Weekly Standard on July 16, 2012

Compromise v. Prudence

Published in Commentary magazine on June 7, 2012

Hate and Forgiveness

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 25, 2012

Abortion and a Just Society

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 23, 2012

Charles Colson, 1931-2012

Published in The Weekly Standard Blog on April 22, 2012

Challenging Sacred Assumptions

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 18, 2012

The Great Divider

Published in The Weekly Standard on April 23, 2012

Even Relativism is Relative

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 2, 2012

How to Think About Inequality

Published in National Affairs on March 21, 2012

Purpose in Life

Published in The Weekly Standard on March 12, 2012

It Will Be Romney vs. Obama

Published in CNN

James Q. Wilson’s Moral Sense

Published in The American on March 2, 2012

What Does a Conservative Believe?

Published in TIME on February 2, 2012

Yes, We Can…

Published in The Weekly Standard on February 6, 2012

Obama’s Fictional Narrative

Published in Commentary magazine on January 25, 2012

The Not-So-Weak GOP Frontrunner

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 11, 2012

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Published in EPPC Online Exclusive on December 24, 2011

U.S. Relations Have Soured Worldwide

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 29, 2011

Political Discourse and Impugning Motives

Published in Commentary Magazine

Optimistic or Pessimistic About America

Published in Commentary Magazine

On Gratitude

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 31, 2011

Power Has its Duties as Well as its Rights

Published in Commentary Magazine

Our Lack of Moral Vocabulary

Published in Commentary Magazine

Decline and Fall

Published in The Weekly Standard

Biden’s Morally Disgraceful China Comments

Published in Commentary Magazine

Rescuing the American Dream: Culture's Power to Reduce Poverty

Published in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Newt Gingrich and the Adultery Question

Published in The Christian Science Monitor

The Incredible Shrinking Obama

Published in The Weekly Standard

The GOP and the Birther Trap

Published in The Wall Street Journal

Not Worth the Showdown

Published in New York Times

A Party of Ideas

Published in Commentary Magazine on April 5, 2011

The Devil We Know

Published in The Weekly Standard on April 4, 2011

Citizens Not Subjects

Published in The Weekly Standard on March 14, 2011

On a Liberal Mission

Published in The New York Times

Martin Luther King Jr.

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 17, 2011

Class Warfare

Published in The Weekly Standard

Human Nature and Capitalism

Published in The American on December 11, 2010

The Soul of the State

Published in The Christian Science Monitor on November 10, 2010

Take the High Road

Published in The New York Times Room for Debate on November 3, 2010

Religion, Politics, and Other Unmentionables

Published in National Review Online