As the Civil War began the most prominent general on the Confederate side was Albert Sydney Johnston formally of the 2nd US Calvary. Johnston was put in command of Confederate forces in the western theater which meant from the Mississippi river to the Appalachian mountains. His primary job was to stem any Union advance into Tennessee while keeping the Mississippi open to allow men & supplies from the far west (the Transmississippi) to continue to flow to the east.
Johnston was an able general with a well earned reputation as an excellent fighting officer, but realized rather quickly that he neither had the men or the supplies necessary to hold this line against the Union forces that were being arrayed against him. His concluded his best chance on stopping any Union advance was via bluff, namely making said union forces believe that HE was planning a major advance with an army much larger than he actually had.
So all over the press stories were planted doubling and tripling the size of his forces while reporting that he was preparing to advance on a half dozen different cities along a nearly 1000 mile front. At the same time as this was being reported Johnson was sending private requests to Jefferson Davis for reinforcement and resupply.
For a time this was wildly successful. defenses were prepared to stop the expected rebel advances. Governors balked at sending troops to the Army of the Potomac when they would be needed to fend off Johnson’s supposed hoards. In fact it was so successful that it fooled some confederate leaders. When PGT Beauregard was transferred west to serve under Johnson he was shocked to discover the actual strength of the force he was joining.
Eventually the Union forces did advance. US Grant took forts Henry and Donaldson and Union forces poured into Tennessee and Johnston would retreat into Mississippi. Johnston would eventually attack at Shiloh hoping to destroy the divided Union forces and be killed during the 1st day of the battle on April 6th 1862.
I tell this story because as I see stories like this.
Come On, Man: CNN Poll Puts Biden Up — By Sixteen Points?
and tweets like this.
It occurs to me that these modern Democrats who previously were using the same language as slavery supporting confederates from 1860 are using the same election battle plan as their Civil War Counterparts as well.
Having failed to remove the president via the Mueller investigation and Impeachment and having the Corona and Riot Brier Patches bite primarily on Democrat cities and office holders the primary tool of the Democrat left seems to be going all in on a media propaganda effort that the polling (done by absolutely TOP people from absolutely TOP organizations with absolutely TOP standards) indicates that the Trump campaign is on the road for a defeat of biblical proportions.
The purpose of this is to keep the faithful in the bubble fighting and to keep the morale up of an industry that has shrunk it’s customer base to the point where those who remain can’t abide any statement contrary to the narrative that they have been advancing.
Unfortunately for the media they have one disadvantage that General Johnston did not. There is an actual drop dead date for this tactic, namely election day, although in fairness the attempt to push the idea that mail in ballots will be enough to change a Trump election night victory to a defeat will likely continue until it’s clear that there simply aren’t enough votes to steal in enough states to reverse the result.
Perhaps we will see the “faithless electors” card played again and perhaps the left will run to the courts but in the end the clock will run out on the tactic of bluff and bluster and the media and their allies will have to deal with the reality of a defeat.
I suspect that there are more than a few who have already guessed what’s coming but for those who have not it will be quite a shock that I suspect will be featured in youtube videos for years to come.