One of the harder tactical lessons to learn, if we judge by the behavior of field commanders throughout history, is rather simple:
Reinforce Your Successes.
The first part of that maxim is on all fours with “Don’t throw good money after bad.” It’s remarkable how many people will nod sagely when they hear that, but ignore it when the play turns against them. You say the cards / the dice / the skirmishes are running against you? Cut your losses. Save your remaining resources and go elsewhere. Yet note how many gamblers double down when they’re losing. The words apparently never got to their decision-making lobes.
Reinforcing success is equally important. When the tide is in your favor, use it. Bring up your local reserves and punch a big hole in the enemy’s line. Penetrate and attack his forces from the rear, just as you would if you’d pierced his flank. Never waste an opportunity to strike decisively.
The Right has had several successes these past few days. It’s time to reinforce them. How? There are many ways, but as a narrow-gauge commentator, my preference is to hammer on the ironies until the Left screams “racism!” (And you know they will.) Here’s a good one – and I hope John Krasinski, who’s supposedly a liberal Democrat, doesn’t mind seeing his face used in a conservative cause:
Smarts, doesn’t it? Speaking of the Left’s propensity for racism-shouting, the election of Winsome Sears, a Negro, as lieutenant-governor of Virginia provides another marker. Her opponent was Hala Ayala, a half-Hispanic / quarter Irish / quarter Lebanese of far lighter skin tone. But of course the pundits are crying “racism” over the Youngkin / Sears victory. So let’s pile on:
Use your creativity. The iron is hot:
Don’t give them a moment’s rest.
Always reinforce success!