Peter Wehner

Peter Wehner

Senior Fellow

Contact: pwehner@eppc.org

@Peter_Wehner

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous other publications—including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, and Christianity Today. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television.

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 has also served as an adviser to several presidential campaigns.

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). His forthcoming book for HarperCollins, The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump, will be published in June 2019.


Obama’s World of Make Believe

Published in Commentary Magazine on March 20, 2014





In Defense of Social Justice

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 18, 2014


Demographics and the GOP

Published in Commentary Magazine on February 6, 2014



Our Chastened President

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 23, 2014


Let Reagan Be Reagan

Published in Commentary Magazine on January 21, 2014


The Scandal of Grace

Published in Patheos - Philosophical Fragments on January 21, 2014



A Conservative Vision of Government

Published in National Affairs on January 1, 2014








The Obama Presidency in Crisis

Published in Commentary Magazine on November 19, 2013


A Debacle for Liberalism

Published in The Weekly Standard on November 11, 2013



Krauthammer On Things That Matter

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013


Obama Disassociates from Reality

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 22, 2013


Subordinating Truth to Ideology

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 16, 2013



Mistaking God’s Will for Our Own

Published in Patheos.com on October 8, 2013


The Age of Invective

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 3, 2013


This Town Isn’t So Bad

Published in Commentary Magazine on October 1, 2013




The Remarkable Pope Francis

Published in Commentary Magazine on September 23, 2013


When the Stars Vanish

Published in Patheos.com on September 17, 2013







Whose Morality?

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 19, 2013


Roger’s Neighborhood

Published in The Weekly Standard on August 19, 2013



Marco Rubio’s Folly

Published in Commentary Magazine on August 6, 2013





The Meaning of Gettysburg

Published in Commentary magazine on July 1, 2013



The Virtue of Gratitude

Published in Commentary magazine on June 14, 2013


They’ll Always Love Obama

Published in The Weekly Stanard on June 3, 2013




Obama Fatigue

Published in Commentary Magazine on May 3, 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




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