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).
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The Cynicism and Intellectual Corruption of the Left
Published in Commentary Magazine on January 10, 2011
Published in The Weekly Standard
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
Religion, Politics, and Other Unmentionables
Published in National Review Online
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
Neuro-Imaging Redefines Mental Illness, Complicates Ideas of Free Will
Published in Politics Daily on May 5, 2010
Obama's Big-Government Brand Spells Big Trouble for Democrats
Published in Politics Daily on April 28, 2010
Laws Shape Values — Witness Civil Rights Achievements
Published in Politics Daily on April 16, 2010
Obama, Tax Increases and Debt Reduction: How GOP Can Avoid Political Trap
Published in Politics Daily on April 14, 2010
Glenn Beck, Jim Wallis, and Falwell-esque Dangers of Mixing Politics and Faith
Published in Politics Daily on March 19, 2010
Iraq War Debate: Surge Success, Intelligence Mistakes, Civilian Casualties
Published in Politics Daily on March 16, 2010
The Washington Pressure Cooker: If You Can't Take It, It's Time to Go
Published in Politics Daily on March 9, 2010
Obama and Health Care: His Suicide Mission for Democrats
Published in Politics Daily on March 5, 2010
Republicans Must Be Responsive and Also Responsible
Published in Politics Daily on March 2, 2010
Obama Is Doing His Best Jimmy Carter: Are Dems Worried Yet?
Published in Politics Daily on February 24, 2010
GOP Still Scarred, Growing Stronger, Aiming to Reclaim Senate
Published in Politics Daily on February 16, 2010
The Weight Around the Democrats' Ankles: Barack Obama
Published in Politics Daily on February 2, 2010