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


Religion, Politics, and Other Unmentionables

Published in National Review Online

Hazardous Symbolism

Published in New York Times' Room for Debate on August 16, 2010

Baked in the Cake

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 2, 2010

Obama, the Thin-Skinned President

Published in Politics Daily on May 28, 2010

Obama the Divider

Published in Politics Daily on April 7, 2010

Reflections on the Cross

Published in PoliticsDaily on April 2, 2010

The GOP in the Wake of ObamaCare

Published in Contentions Blog on March 29, 2010

On Obama’s Behavior Toward Israel

Published in Contentions Blog on March 26, 2010

Evan Bayh and the Legends of The Fall

Published in Politics Daily on February 19, 2010

A Less Perfect Union

Published in Contentions on February 10, 2010

A Political Inflection Point

Published in Contentions on January 20, 2010

Hume’s Gentle Witness

Published in National Review Online on January 6, 2010

The Health-Care Backlash

Published in Contentions on December 21, 2009

The Left’s Uprising Against Obama

Published in Contentions on December 18, 2009

A Fighting Chance

Published in Contentions on December 2, 2009

An Ideologue Instead of a Statesman

Published in Contentions on November 12, 2009

Republican Civil War?

Published in National Review Online on November 5, 2009

The Fall of One Wall

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on November 9, 2009

Obama's Enemies List

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on October 23, 2009

Afghanistan Is Not "Obama's War"

Published in The Wall Street Journal on September 3, 2009

The Path to Republican Revival

Published in Commentary on September 1, 2009

Madison Checks Obama

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 31, 2009

Our Sophist-in-Chief

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on July 2, 2009

Decoding Obama

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on June 12, 2009

The Not So Golden Mean

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on June 5, 2009

America the Apologetic

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on April 21, 2009

An Agent of Cynicism

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on March 12, 2009

Where Are We Heading?

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on February 11, 2009

Revising Settled Judgments

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on February 5, 2009

The Meaning of Sarah Palin

Published in Commentary February 2009 on February 4, 2009

The Phenomenon as President

Published in Commentary Web Exclusive on January 23, 2009