Plays for the Presidency™


Romney’s Red Herring:

June 7, 2007

Mitt?s Fast Talk on Iraq Slips Through the Net?for Awhile.

What’s the play for throwing a bloodhound off your scent? In playmakers’ parlance, and especially in politics, the traces of a fleeing player are often disguised by a nervy strategy we call the Red Herring : An action or communique that draws an opponent – usually a competitor – away from your preferred position or intended course of action. If you want to know more, click here.

The Empathy Screen:

June 4, 2007

Third GOP Debate Gets Misty and Almost Real

Screen, def. The attempt by a player to borrow issues, ideas, events, or other symbolic references to advance its agenda or thwart a competitor”s movements.

Tonight, in the third GOP debate (dare we call it The Lightning Round), Republicans, the people who think with their heads, did something you’d expect of Democrats, the people who think with their hearts – they empathized.

First Mover:

June 1, 2007

Dodd”s Play Beats Richardson to the Global Warming Table

Talk about being a day late and a dollar short.

From Trial Balloons to Baits:

May 31, 2007

Fred Thompson Plays to the Right and Taunts the Left

Five weeks ago we flagged the testing trial balloons of former Tenn. Senator Fred Thompson. Now, the campaign of the Law & Order actor seems to be coming in for a landing at a screen near you.

Our First Contest:

May 23, 2007

Was it Hillary…with a Revolver…in the Library?

Ah, the curtain raises on summer 2007. The candidates will be hard at work, many of them in Iowa and New Hampshire. But what plays will they run? And whose play will grab the most attention and advance their campaigns the farthest? Here’s a chance to play the strategy game.