Plays for the Presidency™


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 […]

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 […]