From Talking Points Memo:
Here's a thought: If you own a major supermarket chain that caters to a great deal of liberal-minded people with money, don't rail against the evils of health care reform in the Wall Street Journal.
Unfortunately, that advice comes a few hours too late for Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, who did just that.
As a result of this misguided effort, it seems, his company's website has been fielding angry comments all afternoon, and has had to set up an online forum where customers can vent their frustrations, and, oh, call for a boycott!
I'm suspecting approximately 90 percent of the customers at the Whole Foods on North Avenue are Obama supporters. Whole Foods anti-union sentiment was not a secret, but wasn't over the top. This seems like a customer relations disaster.
From the boycott page:
We live in the north suburbs of Chicago. We will begin immediately boycotting the two stores in Evanston (where we live), and the store in Deerfield (near where I work). FYI, these stores are all located in heavily Democratic districts that went very heavily for Obama in 2008.
Your comments in the Wall Street Journal reflect an utterly lack of compassion and sensitivity to the needs of ordinary human beings. I was especially appalled at your statement that people have no intrinsic right to health care. Do you mean, if a member of my family or a friend is diagnosed with MS, they have no intrinsic right to health care, even if they cannot afford the added expense on their own?
I suspect this will be good for Outpost.