Plays for the Presidency™


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 […]

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 occurred to me that what mattered most was not what he said, but what he […]

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 managed mayhem. Though there’s more to go, here’s how I’d score my guesses: Yes, so […]

Managed Mayhem: Predictions and Plays for the Cleveland GOP Convention

July 13, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. It’s full speed ahead as delegates and junkies alike settle in for two weeks of pure political theatre, some rehearsed, some improv. It won’t go like our simulation in March, but here are a few educated guesses on plays that could be run at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. THE PROVOCATEUR Donald Trump […]