Braxton Bragg on the Wisconsin River

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Braxton Bragg on the Wisconsin River

In 1863 after Robert E Lee’s defeat and retreat from Penn­syl­va­nia The Con­fed­er­ate Gov­ern­ment detached James Longstreet and his troops from the Army of North­ern Vir­ginia and sent them to rein­force Gen­eral Brax­ton Bragg in an attempt to go on the offense in the West­ern The­atre of operations.

Rein­corced, Bragg attacked union gen­eral William Rose­crans at Chicka­mauga. Dur­ing the 2nd day of the bat­tle Rose­crans, react­ing to incor­rect infor­ma­tion, pulled a unit out of the bat­tle line to plug a nonex­is­tent hole just as a Con­fed­er­ate Attack exploded at that very spot they vacated. The result­ing rout was only slowed by the heroic efforts of Gen­eral George Thomas “The Rock of Chicka­mauga” whose spir­ited defense held a good chunk of the Con­fed­er­ate army in check.

Nev­er­the­less the ensu­ing retreat toward Chat­tanooga was dogged by Nathan Bed­ford For­est cav­alry. For­rest report­ing on the state of the retreat­ing fed­er­als sug­gested to Bragg: “I think we ought to press for­ward as rapidly as pos­si­ble”. When Bragg (who at first refused to believe the enemy was retreat­ing) replied that sup­plies were crit­i­cally short For­est said: “Gen­eral Bragg, we can get all the sup­plies our army needs in Chat­tanooga.” and con­tin­ued to urge imme­di­ate pur­suit to keep the pres­sure on and take Chat­tanooga before the enemy could fortify.

Bragg how­ever was not only was slow to follow-​up, when he even­tu­ally reached Chat­tanooga he set­tled down for a siege. “What does he fight bat­tles for?” was Forest’s dis­gusted reaction.

Even­tu­ally U.S. Grant was dis­patched to rein­force and take over the Union forces from Rose­crans. Grant after not­ing some excel­lent sug­ges­tions made by his pre­de­ces­sor won­der­ing “why he had not car­ried them out”, got to work, first re-​establishing a sup­ply line (the cracker line) and then, going on the offen­sive, drove Bragg and his army off of the high ground he so con­fi­dently occu­pied and sent them reel­ing back into Georgia.

The Union Army were able to do this because of the inac­tion and hes­i­ta­tion of Bragg who, after what should have been a deci­sive vic­tory gave his foes breath­ing space to rethink and recon­sider their plans …

…which brings us to the after­math of the great GOP vic­tory in Wisconsin.

On the left reac­tions swings from fear:

the peo­ple that are behind Walker out­side of the state, they don’t ever want to see a Demo­c­ra­tic Pres­i­dent again. I mean, their mis­sion is to get a super­ma­jor­ity in the Sen­ate, keep the major­ity in the House, win the White House and change this coun­try to their ide­ol­ogy no mat­ter what any poll says. And so, what is the mes­sage to Amer­i­cans tonight if this is a tem­plate on how the rest of the coun­try is gonna go. I believe it’s some pretty damn scary stuff.

To out­right denial:

Lawrence O’Donnell declared Pres­i­dent Obama the “big win­ner” of Tues­day night’s Wis­con­sin recall election.

O’Donnell hosted the network’s break­ing news cov­er­age of the Wis­con­sin recall elec­tion results, along with MSNBC polit­i­cal ana­lyst John Heile­mann. O’Donnell called Obama the “big win­ner” after exit polls indi­cated that the pres­i­dent fared bet­ter among Wis­con­sin vot­ers than GOP can­di­date Mitt Romney.

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion doesn’t seem to feel that way:

In an email to sup­port­ers, Obama cam­paign man­ager Jim Messina called Tuesday’s out­come — and, more specif­i­cally, the super-​PAC money spent on Walker — a “ter­ri­fy­ing experiment.”

On Tues­day night MSNBC’s hosts spent the entire evening prac­ti­cally heart­bro­ken while the one con­stant that we have heard from every­one was the effect of money on this race, while peo­ple like Bar­ney Frank who were notably silent before are now sud­denly say­ing how fool­ish it was to get in this fight to begin with.

In other words the left is demor­al­ized, bro­ken and con­vinced that we can out­spend them every­where.

What do I say to this, GOOD! lets keep them think­ing this way!

Con­sider unlike Brax­ton Bragg the GOP is not com­ing off of a sin­gle win but repeated vic­to­ries on the Wis­con­sin River and these wins don’t even take into con­sid­er­a­tion repeated signs of the weak­ness of the left and their allies for two full years.

More­over the left didn’t lose because the peo­ple didn’t see their point due to money, they lost because the peo­ple saw their agenda unmasked by their actions:

The left’s prob­lem in Wis­con­sin wasn’t that the right had too much money. The left’s prob­lem is that the left’s agenda didn’t have enough sup­port from the pub­lic. Poll after poll after poll showed that the pub­lic didn’t share the left’s esti­ma­tion of the Walker reforms. Many thought they were a pretty good idea; many oth­ers didn’t much like the reforms but didn’t think they were bad enough or impor­tant enough to jus­tify a year of tur­moil and a recall election.

Some on the right see what is hap­pen­ing at Chicago Boyz they are call­ing this: The Stal­in­grad of the Left, while Sarah Palin is bluntly say­ing: “Obama’s goose is cooked.” While Vodka Pun­dit agrees with my get Cocky not lazy state­ment.

That is pre­cisely the right atti­tude. We see the vile progs get cocky after every sin­gle elec­tion they win, while win­ners on the right usu­ally try to main­tain a stately decorum.

I say: Screw that. We knocked their dicks in the dirt last night, and we ought to act like it. Yes, Walker should keep the atti­tude low-​key. But those of us on the blogs, in the trenches, on the news — we should be rub­bing their noses in their own filth and swat them on their asses. Bad prog­gies, bad.

So don’t let up the pres­sure. Don’t let up the mock­ing. We’ve got five months until Novem­ber, and a lot of hard work to do. And the absolute best thing you, per­son­ally, can do, is con­vince a prog that all is already lost. Con­vince him that his best course of action is to stay in the base­ment on elec­tion day and spare him­self the pain and humil­i­a­tion of hav­ing voted for this SCoaMF a sec­ond time.

Keep up the ‘tude. Don’t knuckle under to the progs’ bully-​boy tac­tics. Taunt these losers for being the losers they are. And work your bot­tom off from now until Novem­ber, and we’ll get that 57-​state sweep.

I know that the Rom­ney cam­paign is by nature con­ser­v­a­tive but this is a time to act and act nation­ally. It’s not just a ques­tion of Wis­con­sin now being in play. We of the GOP need to make OTHER states and dis­tricts in play.

First of all we need to get behind fresh­men repub­li­cans like Tom Marino in Penn­syl­va­nia, Renee Ellmers in North Car­olina and Ann Marie Buerkle in NY in the house and Sen­a­tor Scott Brown in Mass­a­chu­setts, the man who started it all.

It is these fresh­men that the left sees as their best oppor­tu­nity let them know we are going to go all in to keep the where they are.

Sec­ond of all we need to con­test open seats, in FL-​7 back­ing guys like Mark Oxner against the Hero of the far Left icon Alan Grayson, we need to back Sean Bielat over Joe Kennedy in Ma-​4 and keep the pres­sure on.

And in races that oth­ers might not have con­sid­ered we need to advance, in Ma-​3 we need to chal­lenge Niki Tsongas (Both Jon Gol­nik & Tom Weaver are excel­lent can­di­dates), in ma-​5 we have to back Jeff Semon over Ed Markey in Mary­land we need to back Anthony O’Donnell in the 5th & Patrick Mur­ray in the 8th.

We need every con­gres­sional and state demo­c­rat around the coun­try wor­ry­ing not how they can help their national ticket, but about hold­ing their own re-​election chances, and more impor­tantly we need to make sure their donor base believes that dol­lars invested in sup­port­ing these can­di­dates are quixotic at best and idiocy at worst.

The left has cre­ated the nar­ra­tive of the invin­ci­ble Repub­li­can Money machines, I say chase them and hound them with that nar­ra­tive so they are more wor­ried about sav­ing their own skin than turn­ing around to fight. Or as I’ve been say­ing for more than a year…

Ride Right Through Them They’re Demor­al­ized as Hell

If instead we like Brax­ton Bragg give them time to rest and reor­ga­nize and per­haps find a new field gen­eral while we sit on our high moun­tain wait­ing for them to give up we set our­selves up for the same kind of reversal.

And it will be our own fault.

In 1863 after Robert E Lee’s defeat and retreat from Pennsylvania The Confederate Government detached James Longstreet and his troops from the Army of Northern Virginia and sent them to reinforce General Braxton Bragg in an attempt to go on the offense in the Western Theatre of operations.

Reincorced, Bragg attacked union general William Rosecrans at Chickamauga. During the 2nd day of the battle Rosecrans, reacting to incorrect information, pulled a unit out of the battle line to plug a nonexistent hole just as a Confederate Attack exploded at that very spot they vacated. The resulting rout was only slowed by the heroic efforts of General George Thomas “The Rock of Chickamauga” whose spirited defense held a good chunk of the Confederate army in check.

Nevertheless the ensuing retreat toward Chattanooga was dogged by Nathan Bedford Forest cavalry. Forrest reporting on the state of the retreating federals suggested to Bragg: “I think we ought to press forward as rapidly as possible”. When Bragg (who at first refused to believe the enemy was retreating) replied that supplies were critically short Forest said: “General Bragg, we can get all the supplies our army needs in Chattanooga.” and continued to urge immediate pursuit to keep the pressure on and take Chattanooga before the enemy could fortify.

Bragg however was not only was slow to follow-up, when he eventually reached Chattanooga he settled down for a siege. “What does he fight battles for?” was Forest’s disgusted reaction.

Eventually U.S. Grant was dispatched to reinforce and take over the Union forces from Rosecrans. Grant after noting some excellent suggestions made by his predecessor wondering “why he had not carried them out”, got to work, first re-establishing a supply line (the cracker line) and then, going on the offensive, drove Bragg and his army off of the high ground he so confidently occupied and sent them reeling back into Georgia.

The Union Army were able to do this because of the inaction and hesitation of Bragg who, after what should have been a decisive victory gave his foes breathing space to rethink and reconsider their plans …

…which brings us to the aftermath of the great GOP victory in Wisconsin.

On the left reactions swings from fear:

the people that are behind Walker outside of the state, they don’t ever want to see a Democratic President again. I mean, their mission is to get a supermajority in the Senate, keep the majority in the House, win the White House and change this country to their ideology no matter what any poll says. And so, what is the message to Americans tonight if this is a template on how the rest of the country is gonna go. I believe it’s some pretty damn scary stuff.

To outright denial:

Lawrence O’Donnell declared President Obama the “big winner” of Tuesday night’s Wisconsin recall election.

O’Donnell hosted the network’s breaking news coverage of the Wisconsin recall election results, along with MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann. O’Donnell called Obama the “big winner” after exit polls indicated that the president fared better among Wisconsin voters than GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

The Obama administration doesn’t seem to feel that way:

In an email to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina called Tuesday’s outcome — and, more specifically, the super-PAC money spent on Walker — a “terrifying experiment.”

On Tuesday night MSNBC’s hosts spent the entire evening practically heartbroken while the one constant that we have heard from everyone was the effect of money on this race, while people like Barney Frank who were notably silent before are now suddenly saying how foolish it was to get in this fight to begin with.

In other words the left is demoralized, broken and convinced that we can outspend them everywhere.

What do I say to this, GOOD! lets keep them thinking this way!

Consider unlike Braxton Bragg the GOP is not coming off of a single win but repeated victories on the Wisconsin River and these wins don’t even take into consideration repeated signs of the weakness of the left and their allies for two full years.

Moreover the left didn’t lose because the people didn’t see their point due to money, they lost because the people saw their agenda unmasked by their actions:

The left’s problem in Wisconsin wasn’t that the right had too much money. The left’s problem is that the left’s agenda didn’t have enough support from the public. Poll after poll after poll showed that the public didn’t share the left’s estimation of the Walker reforms. Many thought they were a pretty good idea; many others didn’t much like the reforms but didn’t think they were bad enough or important enough to justify a year of turmoil and a recall election.

Some on the right see what is happening at Chicago Boyz they are calling this: The Stalingrad of the Left, while Sarah Palin is bluntly saying: “Obama’s goose is cooked.” While Vodka Pundit agrees with my get Cocky not lazy statement.

That is precisely the right attitude. We see the vile progs get cocky after every single election they win, while winners on the right usually try to maintain a stately decorum.

I say: Screw that. We knocked their dicks in the dirt last night, and we ought to act like it. Yes, Walker should keep the attitude low-key. But those of us on the blogs, in the trenches, on the news — we should be rubbing their noses in their own filth and swat them on their asses. Bad proggies, bad.

So don’t let up the pressure. Don’t let up the mocking. We’ve got five months until November, and a lot of hard work to do. And the absolute best thing you, personally, can do, is convince a prog that all is already lost. Convince him that his best course of action is to stay in the basement on election day and spare himself the pain and humiliation of having voted for this SCoaMF a second time.

Keep up the ‘tude. Don’t knuckle under to the progs’ bully-boy tactics. Taunt these losers for being the losers they are. And work your bottom off from now until November, and we’ll get that 57-state sweep.

I know that the Romney campaign is by nature conservative but this is a time to act and act nationally. It’s not just a question of Wisconsin now being in play. We of the GOP need to make OTHER states and districts in play.

First of all we need to get behind freshmen republicans like Tom Marino in Pennsylvania, Renee Ellmers in North Carolina and Ann Marie Buerkle in NY in the house and Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the man who started it all.

It is these freshmen that the left sees as their best opportunity let them know we are going to go all in to keep the where they are.

Second of all we need to contest open seats, in FL-7 backing guys like Mark Oxner against the Hero of the far Left icon Alan Grayson, we need to back Sean Bielat over Joe Kennedy in Ma-4 and keep the pressure on.

And in races that others might not have considered we need to advance, in Ma-3 we need to challenge Niki Tsongas (Both Jon Golnik & Tom Weaver are excellent candidates), in ma-5 we have to back Jeff Semon over Ed Markey in Maryland we need to back Anthony O’Donnell in the 5th & Patrick Murray in the 8th.

We need every congressional and state democrat around the country worrying not how they can help their national ticket, but about holding their own re-election chances, and more importantly we need to make sure their donor base believes that dollars invested in supporting these candidates are quixotic at best and idiocy at worst.

The left has created the narrative of the invincible Republican Money machines, I say chase them and hound them with that narrative so they are more worried about saving their own skin than turning around to fight. Or as I’ve been saying for more than a year…

Ride Right Through Them They’re Demoralized as Hell

If instead we like Braxton Bragg give them time to rest and reorganize and perhaps find a new field general while we sit on our high mountain waiting for them to give up we set ourselves up for the same kind of reversal.

And it will be our own fault.