The recent Alinsky-style “pick the target, freeze the target and polarize the target” campaign that the left have ginned up over the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain is a classic case of shooting themselves in the foot near the apex of an election year. It potentially reduces a business’s sales and increases unemployment during an era in which the economy needs all the help it can get to survive the president’s stewardship at least long enough to get the left’s candidate over the finish line in November. It reminds potential business owners how perilous the notion of entrepreneurship has become in the Obama era. Not to mention reminding voters as a whole how fleeting the left’s calls for an era of new civility were last year, and how eager they are to break their own demands for a time-out in the culture wars.
Fortunately though, despite Obama being a latecomer on the left to the topic of gay marriage, his campaign staff, to their credit, haven’t stopped dining at the chain:
Obama famously came out in support of gay marriage in May, enjoying a surge in campaign donations post-announcement.
But in 2011 activists at ThinkProgress, Equity Matters, and other outlets pinpointed Chick-fil-A as a multimillion-dollar donor to anti-gay marriage causes through its charitable foundation arm.
While gay activists have staged boycotts of the chain since then, expenditure records at Political Moneyline show that on June 29, 2012 Obama for America spent $62 at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta, Ga.
While the money the campaign spent is pittance in comparison to Obama’s overall re-election expenditures, it clashes with the president’s recent endorsement of gay marriage and Chick-fil-A’s foray into the gay marriage debate.
This month, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy ignited a bigger firestorm of criticism and additional boycotts — and cheers from supporters of traditional marriage — when he confirmed to the Baptist Press that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” in its support of traditional marriage.
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Despite the Obama campaign dollars that went to Chick-fil-a, on Thursday Boston Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to keep the eatery out of his city.
Thus opening his city up to potential lawsuits from the chain. And former comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted a stream of ugly responses to diners there earlier today, including this:
I realize that Obama’s rise in the polls in 2008 put an end to Roseanne’s dream ticket of Gore-Edwards back then, but why does she continue to harbor such animus towards Obama’s workaday campaign staff? (Or former campaign staff, as the case may be.)
Update: “Rahm Emanuel: ‘Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values.'” As Allahpundit writes at Hot Air, nice of Rahm to writing Chick-fil-A’s advertising slogans for them.
More: The Anchoress writes, “Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works.” Making this earlier image of Roseanne collapse due to the weight of the layers of unintended irony surrounding it.
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