Plays for the Presidency™


Name That Play: Pinning Powell, Courting Blacks, FaceTime and Bigots

August 25, 2016

  The plays are running fast and free in the final months of the 2016 election. Let’s take a few minutes to see what we’ve learned. Below are five multiple choice questions as posted on twitter @playmakeralan with answers listed […]


Stolen Play: Trump and Temperament

August 11, 2016

Damn that Donald Trump. Not only has he hijacked the Republican party, he’s hijacked The Standard Table of Influence, or at least one of its elements. There, in the lavender column of the 24 influence plays, is the stratagem that in […]

Trump Toast

Why Trump is Toast: He Won’t Dance the Disco

August 1, 2016

I tweeted this week that Donald Trump is toast. Here’s why: Outside his various cruel quips about Mexicans, women, Muslims, media, and generally crooked, short and stupid people everywhere, Trump’s ongoing debate with Khizr and Ghazala Khan has put him in a rhetorical box […]

Clinton Sax

Bubba’s Play: Did Bill Hurt or Help Hillary in Philly?

July 27, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. “It’s not the notes, it’s what’s between them. It’s what you don’t play that makes it jazz.” - Gary McRoberts, 1976 Watching Bill Clinton’s prime time address to the Democratic National Convention, it […]


Managing Melania: Grading My Predictions for Cleveland

July 20, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. Going into the 2016 Republican National Convention, I made a few predictions of the plays that would be run in Cleveland, all against the general idea that what we’d witness would be something akin to […]