Today I woke up to the news that some LGBT activists have decided to launch a Starbucks Appreciation Day since their attempts at Chick-Fil-A protests were as the LA Times put it: “more subdued“ as opposed to those who live in reality land that called it: “a dismal failure“
Still a positive move is smarter than a negative one, I figured I’d check when the date would be to see if Chick-Fil-A fans would counter there or perhaps stay away from Starbucks for the day…
…then I found out it was TODAY.
The story came out THE DAY BEFORE THE “appreciation day”.
This is very significant because it shows not strength but weakness. Here is why.
1. Normally you might expect this to go out a few days before such an event, that allows people to build up folks and media. Instead the media announcement comes the night before and doesn’t hit nationally until the day of the event. This tells me the groups pushing this are not confident in drawing beyond their core protest groups. The additional days would not add to their numbers.
2. The groups pushing this were afraid of any kind of counter. A 2nd Chick-Fil-A day where they would be outnumbered would be very bad for them, but people choosing to skip Starbucks for the day would be worse. By not announcing this event the majority of Starbucks customers today, unlike the people at Chick-Fil-A last Wednesday will have no idea their custom will be considered a symbolic act.
These tactics tell me they know they are in trouble, the whole Chick-Fil-A thing allowed the reality of both their weakness and their opponents strength, this “instant” event allows them to create a false media meme that will be picked up by national media.
Unfortunately for them the mask is already off.
Update: Tammy Bruce comments
The Anti-Chick-Fil-A Kiss-In not worky so well? LOL! As I noted on Fox & Friends this weekend, the approach of punishing people and companies with whom you disagree is fascist, petty and rejected by the American people. I’m all for positive, encouraging activism meant to promote the things we agree with. Apparently that’s a lesson the left can only learn from failure and embarrassment.
Update 2: No More Mr. Nice Blog has the hive mind business backwards (note a person of the right/tea party will talk about why they believe what they do while the left demonstrates er fedoraphobia) but he is exactly right in terms of tactics
Face the fact that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was a great one-day success for the right, and it’s going to be difficult to mount an imitation protest that equals or exceeds it; if you fail, you look less powerful, and even if you succeed, what you did looks like me-too-ism.
Better to give the right its one-day news-cycle victory and then stop drawing attention to that victory.
Due to the relative birthrates of left and right I think he’s wrong about the long game, but it’s still the right move for the left and the best advice I’ve seen anyone there give.
I bet I’d have enjoy playing AH games with him back in the pre-pc days.
Update: Allen West Bazinga!
A Democratic lawmaker says Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus by delivering Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to their weekly meeting
I’m sure every member of the black caucus can’t wait to explain to the ministers in their district how they were so offended by Chick-Fil-A chicken. Should be interesting.
Hey let’s make today DaTechGuy Appreciation day kick into the Tip jar to help pay for that cheap 15 yr old car so I can continue to cover events without using dawife’s car
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