During the early days of the Civil War Albert Sydney Johnston faced problems on the east west and center fronts of the west. Johnson knew he didn’t have sufficient troops to cover any kind of coordinated advance. So his strategy was BS literally. He planted false stories in his papers about the overwhelming strength of his forces and how they seemed to be preparing for advances everywhere at once. The North was convinced it was true and it slowed down their plans to move forward. It bought him some time but eventually when the North started to move bluff and distraction couldn’t cut it. Defeat came at Forts Henry & Donaldson and Death came at Shiloh.

Karl Rove notes that this seems to be the strategy concerning Rush:

What better way to divert public attention from these more consequential if problematic issues than to start a fight with a celebrity conservative? Cable TV, newspapers and newsweeklies would find the conflict irresistible. Something has to be set aside to provide more space and time to the War on Rush; why not the bad economic news?

Here’s the problem: Misdirection never lasts long. Team Obama can at best only temporarily distract the public; within days, attention will return to issues that clearly should worry the White House.

Not even Team Obama can forestall unpleasant reality. And among those America now faces is Mr. Obama adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt in his first 20 months and 11 days in office, eclipsing the $2.9 trillion added during the Bush presidency’s entire eight years.

In fact James Carville is still playing the game:

James Carville fired back Wednesday at radio host Rush Limbaugh, who earlier in the day had taken the Democratic strategist to task for saying of President Bush in 2001, “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”

Carville told CNN that unlike Limbaugh, who recently said he wants President Obama to fail, Carville retracted his own missive — uttered to a group of reporters on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — just minutes later, when he learned of the terrorist attacks on America.

“Thank God that I had the good sense to realize that the United States was at war and that changed everything, Carville said. “Once I found out that the country was at war, I said: Whatever I said, disregard it; it’s inoperative.”

I find it interesting that as long as Carville felt there was danger he needed George Bush. Apparently the president must have done a hell of a job since we feel so safe we can even have John Walker Lindh’s defense attorney work for Justice and nobody blinks an eye.

This is the difference between this president and the last one. One acts one distracts.

Update:
Noticed an incomplete sentence three years later and fixed it.

In Robert Caro’s first volume on Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power there was a line that was used to describe Lyndon Johnson in his early political years:

Lyndon goes the way the wind blows

Apparently on Abortion as the American Spectator reports so does Michael Steele.

But the reality of Steele is quite different. He is proving himself to be a shape shifter who is trying to please everybody, but in the end delivering a completely muddled message. Ultimately no pro-choice independent or Democrat is going to be more inclined to become a Republican as a result of that GQ interview, because Steele comes off like a bumbling clown who is trying to have it both ways. The mere fact that we have to have a whole debate over what he means demonstrates that he’s doing a terrible job at communicating. And lest we forget, communication was supposed to be his strong suit.

That is the political reason for rejecting him. Captain Ed agrees:

I have seen the man speak with conviction and passion at conservative events and leave everyone mightily impressed, but now we have to wonder whether Steele just tailored the message for the audience, as he appears to have done with Hughley and GQ. I don’t necessarily buy that, as he has easier ways to get media air time than being in the Republican Party, but it’s hard not to ask the question these days.

One thing is certain: he’s a lot less media savvy than most of us thought. And since he doesn’t seem to have much skill in organization, we have to ask ourselves why we should support his continued tenure as RNC chair.

You tell me what pro life person is going to give to the Republican National Committee with him in charge?

Some National Review readers are a little more flexible but on this subject a Catholic can’t be. I’ve seen enough “Roman Catholics” who are personally opposed to abortion but vote the other way. I can’t stomach it. If Mr. Steele doesn’t have the courage of his convictions to stand up for his own expressed beliefs I have no use for him. I suggest he take advantage of the Lenten season to avail himself of the sacrament.

I don’t think he will last to the end of next week. It’s just an amazing bit of timing that Rush is off the air for the next two days when this is happening.

Georgia 1996-2003 controversy over the confederate flag as a symbol of Racism:

“Wherever that flag is flying, we’re going to protest and demonstrate,” Beasley says. “Atlanta and Georgia will never be truly international as long as they are immersed in the sort of racism that is a fact of daily life here.”

Georgia today. Something more explicit:

Atlanta City Hall’s choice of artwork is creating an uproar. Especially the piece with the secret message that says, “Politically it’s OK to hate the white man.”

The curator doesn’t see what all the fuss is about:

The exhibit is designed to showcase both well-known artists as well as those just starting out. The piece that is garnering all of the attention is called “Formula For Hatred.”

“If I had thought it was offensive, I would not have agreed to show it,” said curator Freddie Styles.

And the city’s reaction?

City officials have refused to remove the anti-White propaganda from the government building.

Soooo battle flag of the south rejected because of it’s connection with racist groups and the battle to maintain slavery? Evil must be removed. An explicit racist message attacking a specific ethnic group? Art.

Oh and please don’t insult my intelligence and history by trying to claim that the Civil War was not about slavery. The people who make that claim are the original truthers.

UPDATE: Apparently there is more to this than meets the eye. The artist explains here.

…a stature of limitation on this:

The police union in San Francisco has accused the radical couple and allies of Barack Obama of setting a bomb in 1970 that killed a police sergeant. The union cites testimony from a former government informant.

Well this is an interesting twist. I wonder if they will ask him about it at his next book signing.

If you have never watched the new Doctor Who series Sci-Fi network is going to have a Doctor Who Marathon today from 8-4 a.m. It will start with 9th-doctorthe first episode “Rose” (8 a.m EST). It will skip the 2nd episode but include some great ones including, the return of the Dalek’s in “Dalek” (10 a.m. EST), introduce the “late” Pete Tyler in “Father’s Day” (Noon EST) and the first appearance of Captain Jack in “The Empty Child” (1 p.m. EST).

All feature the 9th doctor.

If you want to know what all the fuss is about here is your chance.

At the WBC Mexico avenged their defeat to the Aussies 16-1 in 6 innings. After seeing the humiliation of the Dominicans they didn’t wart a part of it. Things being how thing are in Mexico these days they might have been afraid of being shot.

With two opposite mercy defeats I would have liked to see a 3rd game.

Now Mexico plays for the right to face Korea or Japan. I don’t know which one i would rather face myself. I’m sure the Cubans would love a chance to avenge their defeat in the final 3 years ago but they aren’t going to lie down against Mexico to do it.

They are talking a Drug documentary with Al Roker.

6:33 a.m. Talking Pot. The Doc points out it is also bad for the lungs and the brain cells but insists that particularly in the 70’s it was the best anti-nausea drug out there.

6:35 a.m. We haven’t resolved the states rights issue says the doc. Federal Law should trump it, but you have to be willing to enforce it.

6:37 a.m. The Doc is talking good medical sense and pointing out that regardless of what the law should be Pot is a drug and she doesn’t want her kids using it.

6:40 a.m. Is global warming man made is the argument? He is saying it is but how severe?

6:41 a.m. The down side of spending billions and restricting trade is the same as hiring a contractor to clip your hedges and paying him 38 million dollars. A ridiculous price for a very small return.

6:44 a.m. Why do I see Mika’s suit and think Madonna video?

6:48 a.m. You know the Doc is starting to grow on me, she was talking in a sensible manor all during that segment. When she is talking medical stuff and not talking about sticking her hand in our collective wallet she is solid.

6:53 a.m. They really didn’t want to cover Madoff O.J. style. That speaks well for them.

6:58 a.m. Mika calls following the Madoff car news you can’t use. Another reason to like this show.

6:59 a.m. Uh Oh Doctor Who Marathon on Sci-Fi this morning I guess I’ll check Joe & Mika during commercials.

7:02 a.m. Ford talks about earmarks and explains how they work. He was really quiet during the pot debate.

7:03 a.m. 8000 earmarks imperfect. You know I think the reason I like Joe and Mika so much is because they remind me of people I hang out with. They are generally sane, even if they are wrong and that call BS BS when they see it.

7:05 a.m. Should Pot be legalized? She says No it makes you dumb. It is dangerous and much stronger then it once was. She says Medical Pot is totally different.

7:07 a.m. Earmarks to bloat government good. Earmark to business bad. Looks like BS to me and to Joe.

7:10 a.m. Clinton is exactly right on the strategy of the White House.

7:11 a.m. Win the civil war 1st.

7:13 a.m. The Matthews Fletcher clash was classic.

7:20 a.m. Bernie is out of the Kia. Mika can rejoice!

7:31 a.m. They should have time for things to change, but they don’t have time to show competence. That should be up front.

7:34 a.m. They will talk to Syria & Iran but not us?

7:36 a.m. Ford talks why Tarp 1 was good, I still say I’d rather see him in the White House instead of Obama.

8:00 a.m. Dr. Who has started see you at the commercial boy Billie Piper looks so young.

8:10 a.m. Joe nails the problem of the 60’s and its costs. Exactly Right!

8:18 a.m. Obama has been post ideological? Bull****! Have you seen what he has actually done?

8:24 a.m. (Rose) That is the first time the sound of the Tardis was heard on British TV in 8 years when it was first broadcast. Two generations of Brits grew up with that noise and what it represented. It is as much a part of the British psyche as the monarchy is.

8:30 a.m. Lost the ring but haven’t lost the husband.

8:43 a.m. The doc continues to make sense. She is on a roll.

As you know I don’t think much of the stimulus bill, I think a lot of it is pretty much a scam on the American taxpayer done by the current government.

Much to nobody’s surprise entrepreneurs are now using it for their own private scams:

Now, consumer advocates are warning that scam artists hoping to fill their own pockets are using e-mail messages and Internet ads that say they can help people access a share of the stimulus money for as little as $1.99 upfront.

The cheap offers – which require hopeful buyers to provide credit card information and other identifying details – could turn into cases of identity theft or monthly fees sometimes defined in the ads’ fine print. Some e-mail offers say recipients have already earned a grant, but bank account information is needed to deposit the award.

These scams follow the pattern of most online scams, offering money etc for either a small fee or for bank information. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t give up your information to scams like this. If it sounds too good to be true it likely is.

I didn’t cover the goings on in Connecticut concerning the Church. Just about every other Catholic blogger did.

Was the bill outrageous, of course it was? Was it Anti-Catholic? Without a question. Was it an attempt to undermine the church? Why Soitenly.

Well then Mr. Loud mouth Catholic why didn’t you bother to deal with it?

Because this is part of the job description of the Church. Of course it is going to be attacked. Of course people are going to try to marginalize it of course people want a weak, faithless church.

The Church is the longest and strongest bastion standing between us and the gates of hell. As long as that is the case it will always be a target. The day it stops being a target is the day that I will start worrying if it is being true to itself.

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

We already know the end of this story overall, we just have to make sure our personal story doesn’t end on the wrong note.