He has written a book, Crunchy Cons, which he describes as "about conservatives, most of them religious, whose faith and political convictions sometimes put them at odds with mainstream conservatives."
He has been criticized for holding a position, according to Robert Stacy McCain in the conservative and deliberately provocative American Spectator, "Republicans are never going to succeed if they listen to those who tell them the reason they've been losing elections is that the GOP is too 'mean-spirited'...Chief among the choirboys of niceness is Rod Dreher, the former National Review staffer, Dallas Morning News columnist and BeliefNet blogger. In his 2006 book Crunchy Cons, Dreher accused the "conservative mainstream" of believing that "accumulating wealth and power is…the point of life," and further declared, 'The tragic flaw of Western economics is that it is based on exploiting and encouraging greed and envy.'" 
An early supporter of Sarah Palin, he was unimpressed with her autobiography ,and did not feel the book improved her political position: "The rap on Palin is that she's too shallow and inexperienced for the presidency — a conclusion that early Palin supporters like me came to during the 2008 campaign. Alas, for conservatives in search of a champion, there's nothing in Going Rogue to challenge that conclusion. It's like this: Palin spends seven pages dishing about her appearance on Saturday Night Live, but just over one page discussing her national security views."
- Rob Dreher (17 June 2002), "Their Men in Riyadh: Ex-U.S. ambassadors who stick with the Saudis.", National Review
- Rob Dreher, CrunchyCon: Conservative politics and religion, Beliefnet
- Robert Stacy McCain (26 May 2009), "Another Perspective: Two Words for Rod Dreher", American Spectator
- Rob Dreher (17 November 2009), "A Conservative Read On Palin's 'Going Rogue'", National Public Radio