Wick Allison Tells Daily Beast That Mitt Romney is the Opposite of a Conservative

The Daily Beast follows up with some ObamaCons, conservatives who supported the president’s election in 2008, to find out why many of them are sticking by the guy. Among those interviewed is our own Wick Allison, who once called Obama “a true pragmatist to lead the country” but recanted his endorsement last year.

That still doesn’t mean he’s voting for Mitt Romney:

Wick Allison, former publisher of The National Review under William F. Buckley and current publisher of The American Conservative, also reaffirms his Obama decision, albeit in anguished lukewarm tones. “I will probably vote for Obama, unless I have a Gary Johnson—inspiration in the voting booth. (My vote in Texas is wasted anyway.),” Allison wrote in an email. “Romney is the opposite of conservative, with a plan that is fiscally reckless and a foreign policy that is unnecessarily militant. Obama has done about the best that could have been done, considering the united GOP opposition in Congress. My questions about Obamacare and my disappointment that we are not already out of Afghanistan are not enough to make me embrace a candidacy that even George W. Bush would have been repelled by–and, having had time to reflect on his own record, perhaps is.”


  • RAB

    Easy for Wick to say. He didn’t build D Magazine. Someone else made that happen.

  • Avid Reader

    Like how Wick points out that Obama had opposition in Congress. LAlso like how he leaves out the fact that for 2 straight years Obama had a super majority in the senate and control of Congress, which makes complete control over the Presidency, Congress, and the Senate. I mean, how the hell do you get things done when you have no opposition?

  • Vseslav Botkin

    @avid Obama had that supermajority for seven weeks, not two years.

  • Craigt

    There hasn’t been truly politically cons active candidate for national office since Reagan sold the Republican party to the religious right.

  • Avid Reader

    @vsesllav, Sorry, you are correct. Supermajority in the senate for 7 weeks after which he only had a majority in the senate, a majority in congress and the Presidency for another full year and 45 weeks. I mean, how the hell do you get things done when you have no opposition for a year and 45 weeks?

  • Daniel

    Mitt Romney is a cult member who hates cowboys and fishing.

  • Future Politician

    Maybe Wick could do us conservatives a favor and tell us exactly what he thinks conservativism is?

  • amanda

    @ Daniel, wish you had that much spunk on my birthday.

  • Arec Barrwin

    Well, Wick is certainly entitled to his opinion, but asserting Romney is not a “conservative” because his foreign policy is activist is kind of silly. After all, Wick’s hero, Ronald Reagan, put forth a foreign policy that was extremely activist – we supported the Contras, intervened in Lebanon, invaded Grenada, supported the rebels in Afghanistan, attacked Libya, supported UNITA in Angola, etc. etc. The Reagan Doctrine was far more activist than anything Romney or the Republican party has put forward. Furthermore, Romney’s domestic policies could not possibly be any more or less reckless than the stimulus + the Affordable Care Act.

    It would be far more honest for Wick to (i) define what he thinks “conservative” means or (ii) simply acknowledge what we all already know – he used to be a conservative but over time, he became a libertarian and/or an independent.

  • barnefrank4czar

    GOP opposition ??
    He had it his way all up until 2010

    The Dems took over Congress in 07 with the promise to stop funding the war in afghan

    first thing they did?
    fund the war in Afghan

    Obama spent all his “carbon credits” on ObamaCare where only a guy with his math abilities could say, It will not cost more by adding 30+ MILLION people to our healthcare system

    Trying to give Wick “conservative cred” by saying he was connected with the late great conservative Buckley, might fool some , but not us

    Obama make Nixon look like a civil libertarian

  • Justin

    I had no idea Wick was the publisher of The American Conservative. A recent article on the Revolt of the Rich was excellent (it should be read by those who are worried about attacks on our mythological “billionaire job creators”).


  • Jonathan Carpenter

    Instead of spending all of this time debating who should or should not be President. I wish you would spend more time figuring out who would best represent us in the City, State or in the Congress. We do not have the best and brightest representing us!

  • CSP

    “Wick Allison Tells Daily Beast That Mitt Romney is the Opposite of a Conservative”

    Funny, I feel the same way about Wick Allison.

  • Jonathan Carpenter

    Also, what is Conservative about not having signed a Budget in nearly 4 years? Why couldn’t he get the Democratic-Controlled Congress to pass one? Help me understand.

  • Wm B. Travis

    O’Sullivan’s First Law: “All [individuals] that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.”

    Q-E-D bizaches!

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  • Eric Celeste

    Wick is great. I just wish he still wrote about Dallas.