Plays for the Presidency™


The Newt and Pocahontas: Veep vs. Veep?

June 29, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   When in the business of taunting it’s best to use a taunter. This is why Marco Rubio seemed silly in his attacks on Donald Trump. He’s new to knife fights. And it’s part and parcel for why Hillary Clinton can’t and shouldn’t bully the bully, or try. She’s a […]

Subliminal Plays and The Donald’s Apophasis

June 22, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. APOPHYSIS. Trump does it. Do you? tweets the astute tech CEO, Dave Kellogg. Here’s a definition: [uh–pof–uh-sis] The rhetorical device of mentioning a subject by stating that the subject will not be mentioned. I shall not discuss his cowardice or his treachery. Also known as a paralipsis, you might think of this […]

The Great Sorting: Slytherin Problems in the GOP

May 26, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   LORD VOLDEMORT, the arch criminal spirit of the Harry Potter children’s series, is said to have come from the House of Slytherin. Of course this possibility besmirches the reputation of Slytherin types whose core character trait, they might argue, is more aligned with cunning than criminality. Worse, […]

Surrogate Stunts: What Evel Knievel and Donald Trump Have in Common

May 16, 2016

In 1967, when daredevil Evel Knievel was getting his motorcycle-jumping career off the ground, he had the audacious idea to leap the signature fountains of the famed Las Vegas Casino, Caesars Palace. Posing as big media reporters, he is said to have placed calls to Caesars CEO Jay Sarno and gush, So tell me about this Evel Knievel’s […]

Trump v. Ryan: Observations and Predictions

May 11, 2016

Much has been said, and much more will be reported, on the now 150-day-long feud between GOP presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, and the U.S. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. The study released today by Playmaker Systems, Trump Versus Ryan, offers a unique illustration of select influence strategies (aka, plays) that each has employed to bring the other […]