Plays for the Presidency™

 

Tick-Tock Trump: Four Plays in Four Days

September 1, 2016

Four influence plays over the last four days tell the story of Donald Trump’s recent wild ride on the campaign trail. The insurgent GOP presidential nominee went from profound internal chaos and falling prospects to a hero with a plan. Here’s how: TRIAL BALLOON Beginning his pivot to the electorate’s center — albeit late — Trump moved to […]

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 at the bottom of this post. ____________________________________________________ 1.  Responding to claims by Hillary Clinton that […]

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 2013 was dubbed Trump — named originally for the game of bridge where a named card is […]

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 from which few escape. The only reason he may survive is that he is the […]

We Need a Language for Spin, Believe Me

July 28, 2016

Call it influence, persuasion, manipulation or propaganda…we need a language and a system to understand spin.  From politics to psyops, from marketing to sales to PR to advertising and beyond, we need to know the moves and motives that fuel these increasingly powerful functions. Whether it’s a soap maker wooing wrinkled women, ISIS social media radicalizing young Muslims, or […]