My original affection for the fast food chain has little to do with the recent controversy centered around the topic of traditional marriage. We don’t have many of them in my area, so it is a treat when I get to eat there. The food is always great, and I’m a huge fan of waffle fries..!
Yes, I am a life-long fast food junkie, and since Chick-Fil-A is rarely available to me, it has always been elevated a little higher than the other chains I frequent.
This recent controversy just elevates them higher in my eyes. They handled the entire situation wonderfully, with grace. By all accounts (including my own) people who went to support them during the height of all of the drama had a very pleasant experience. The planned boycott and protests against them fizzled. Angry activists were greeted with the same warm kindness and service standards set for those who came in support.
Now, according to Scott Rasmussen, 61% of people hold a favorable opinion of Chick-Fil-A.
That’s bad for Barack Obama.
Obama’s former Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was clearly on the wrong side of this debate when he sought to deny the right of Chick-Fil-A to operate in “his” city. It’s no stretch at all to see that Obama and Emanuel have very similar ideologies, or to think that Obama would have held the same position in Emanuel’s place.
Now, I am not naive enough to think that all of those people who see Chick-Fil-A in a positive light are opposed to homosexual marriage, but it is likely that most of them are. Given Obama’s recent flip-flop of his past flip-flop-flippity-flopping on the issue, this does not bode well for him. Because Obama has changed his position so many times, he loses a good deal of credibility. Moreover, his switch in position came at a time when the LGBT community was threatening to withhold campaign donations from him; a very crass and cynical political move. Nevermind that Obama isn’t proposing any actual policy change, or the fact that he was only paying lip-service to the LGBT community.
The real problem for Obama is that same-sex marriage has lost every time the people are allowed to vote on the issue, despite polling that would have indicated otherwise.
The Obama campaign is reading its own polls, and they’re believing them.
If we were to take polling at face value, along with exit polling, we would have had Presidents Al Gore and John Kerry, and there would have been no overwhelming Republican sweep of congress in 2010. Most pollsters today care less about accuracy and more about propaganda. The polls are crafted as a means to sway opinion rather than to gauge it. They stack the deck by over-sampling Democrats, and by polling all registered voters instead of restricting themselves to those who are likely to vote. Sometimes they don’t even bother to try to keep things that accurate; they poll anyone, registered to vote, or not.
The fact that Obama “came out” in support of same-sex marriage indicates two things; he was desperate for campaign cash, and his handlers are buying into their own polling. That’s dangerous ground upon which to tread.
That so many people approve of Chick-Fil-A in the wake of what the media so desperately hoped would be a giant scandal can only be a bad thing for Obama.