Plays for the Presidency™


Debate Prediction: How the Funnier Foe Will Win It

September 21, 2016

In a famous debate moment of the 1984 presidential election, a 73-year-old Ronald Reagan said of Democratic nominee Walter Mondale — and to roars of laughter — “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” The Gipper won the […]

Birther Breach: Trump’s Annotated Plays

September 19, 2016

Last week, Donald Trump’s poisonous campaign to call President Obama’s American birthright into question came back to bite him. Flanked by military veterans and against the backdrop of his newly-opened Trump D.C. hotel, The Donald finally admitted, flatly, that Barack Obama was born on American soil. But not without claiming another falsehood — that Hillary started it — […]

Basket Case: How Trump Beat Hillary’s Deplorable Attack

September 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton is, if nothing, careful. Her supporters will tell you that this is the crucial characteristic that she and other women in spotlights are required to exhibit. They are held to a higher standard by dint of sexism. Link that to the age-old tradition of Hillary hunting and, presto, you get your embattled, opaque candidate. But […]

Dark Horses and Libertarians: The Plays of Gary Johnson

September 7, 2016

In 1980, the career Republican Illinois congressman John B. Anderson made an independent party bid for the American presidency, mounting a rising-and-fall challenge to the incumbent Democratic sitting president, Jimmy Carter, and the surging Republican nominee, Ronald Reagan. To say that Anderson was a dark horse was accurate, given his success in Republican primaries. But down the […]

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 […]