Plays for the Presidency™


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 […]

Trump Wants Hillary to Be a Man. And She’s Taking the Bait

April 27, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   There are two things I believe about Donald Trump: First, the best way to beat him is to encourage him. Second, if Hillary Clinton plays his game, he will destroy her. This week, as the so-called Acela primaries rattled down the tracks, Trump illustrated these very possibilities. Risking further alienation […]

Bernie’s Vatican Adventure: How an Italian Getaway Might Take Manhattan

April 13, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   There was a time in Democratic party politics when the mother of all surrogates was said to be Bill Clinton. Now, there’s something bigger, The Pope, and Bernie Sanders just landed him. Well, sort of. Sanders has been admired by both ends of the political spectrum for his […]

Art of the Deal: The Plays That Propelled The Donald

March 29, 2016

What plays does Donald Trump run? In the beginning, his methods were moderate. Below is a strategy signature of the budding billionaire’s early deal-making ways — a content analysis of influence plays from his 1987 book, Trump: The Art of the Deal. Taken together, they betray the preferences of the emerging real estate mogul. Here’s what I see in this strategy […]

Wargaming Cleveland: Trump and Cruz Bolt GOP, Form New Ticket in Convention Simulation

March 19, 2016

Simulations hint at what can happen and help participants anticipate the consequences. Here’s one from politics with a jaw-dropping outcome. In a simulation of the coming July GOP convention, the tumultuous 2016 election took a theoretical new twist. At a meeting of the prestigious legal society, Inn of Court, attendees were randomly assigned to play the roles of real estate […]