Professor Jacobson at the blog Legal Insurrection has a great point about the overwhelming success of yesterday’s Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day:
Conservatives are very good at buycotts, but very bad at boycotts.
There have been attempts by some conservative and religious groups to boycott various businesses over political issues. But I can’t think of one, at least not recently, that has caught on.
Or that has been as nasty, vicious and sustained as the boycotts and intimidation of businesses run by Color of Change, The “Human Rights Campaign,” Media Matters, the anti-Israel BDS movement, and other left wing groups.
I’m not saying there haven’t been conservatives who have tried to run nasty and vicious boycotts, but doing so on a regular and sustained basis is the province of the left. And the left does it so much better.
Today proves, however, that conservatives can do buycotts quite well.
The only place I differ is that I don’t think boycotts work very well
at all nationally.. What the Left does isn’t boycotts. There is a planned “Kiss In” at Chick-Fil’As on August 3. That’s not a boycott. That is a trespass where some (a handful really) will be occupied, pictures taken, public kisses taken and photographed and no product will be bought. Will they be able to sustain that? I doubt most proponents of gay marriage care enough to sustain the hatred and will trickle back to Chick-Fil-A over time. In any case, I’m sure there are many people like me, who like Chick-Fil-A but don’t go there often, who have been reminded how great the food is (especially the Peach Milkshake) and will patronize it more often.