Plays for the Presidency™

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Memo to Howard Kurtz: Scott and Jeb Say It’s Time to Play

February 19, 2015

Listen in to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 02-19-15 Okay, so media critic Howard Kurtz doesn’t want us to talk about 2016.  But the problem is that a couple dozen Republican hopefuls do…and they’re running plays that merit our attention.  Here’s Howie’s jovial rant to […]


Grab Bag: Santorum’s Screen, Cruz’s Preempt, Milbank’s Mirror, Christie’s Recast, and Warren’s Undocumented Workers

February 11, 2015

Listen in to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 02-12-15 Scanning the political spectrum for presidential plays this week turned up a variety of low-signal skirmishes in the early 2016 sweepstakes.  Here are five to log: SANTORUM’S SCREEN  Bella’s Gift is the title of Rick […]

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Superbowl Ads Predict a Fun 2016 Race: Hillary, Eat a Snickers

February 3, 2015

Click for Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 02-04-15 While live-tweeting the plays of Superbowl advertisers (search playmakeralan and superbowlads on twitter), it became clear that the best ads followed a simple recipe as expressed in The Standard Table of Influence: SCREEN SN  To play […]


The Book on Mitt: Open and Authentic, Really

January 28, 2015

It’s hard to know what Mitt Romney is thinking.  Twice rebuffed in his runs for The White House (2008 GOP primary and 2012 general election), the indefatigable businessman and former governor seems emboldened by a new strategy: Show ‘em who you really […]


Playing Offense: Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

January 22, 2015

Barack Obama was on the offense this week in his State of the Union address.  Below are 27 live tweets via @playmakeralan that tell the story of the plays of this president.  Click on the bar below for Alan Kelly’s commentary […]