Playmaker’s Blog



September 16, 2020

While the player is sometimes more important than the play, like Roger Stone, the factors and variables are also crucial. Take, for example, Trump’s performance on ABC Politics where he used velocity, frequency and volume to gaslight undecided PA voters and moderator George Stephanopoulos. See this post on Twitter.

PARDONED PROXY: What Play is Roger Stone Running for Donald Trump?

September 12, 2020

As a pardoned Roger Stone floats the trial balloon of a Trump dictatorship we know he’s doing Trump’s bidding. Stone, a barely disguised proxy, seeds the premise that Trump can now blithely repeat: Some people say I should declare martial law. See this post on Twitter. Photo credit: Media Matters

RESPONDING IS LOSING: How Trump, Zuckerberg and China Out-Play Us

July 17, 2020

Something needs to be said about the strategy of response: It’s a loser’s game. Responding to an attack, rant, brag, insult or lie – whether planned or improvised – seldom slows or stops aggressors. More often it revives them. Consider four examples: TRUMP PLAYS When President Trump decries Democrats as far-left fascists he stirs the […]

ANATOMY of a STRATEGY: How Trump Flipped Fascism (or Tried)

July 8, 2020

…and how the president’s plays can be decoded, mapped and countered. Speaking at a July 3, 2020, rally at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial, President Donald Trump used influence strategies to excite his dedicated base – notably an attempt to reverse a rising perception that Republicans promote fascism. Using the Taxonomy of Influence Strategies as […]