Plays for the Presidency™


Chief Diversion Officer: What Leaders Can Un-Learn From Mitt

March 12, 2016

If you’re a CEO in the habit of telling media what to think, think again. There are other plays and ways to drive your agenda. Consider the recent unforced errors by Mitt Romney who, after trashing Donald Trump, was asked by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd why he so happily accepted Trump’s endorsement four years […]

It’s Counter-Intuitive: Four Plays to Stop The Donald

March 10, 2016

Reading the obituaries for Marco Rubio’s political career, it’s clear that pundits will judge the junior senator’s fatal misstep to be his quick turn on Donald Trump — five days of trash talking that ensured his Super Tuesday swoon. Rubio’s overarching play was a preemptive strategy recognized in the System 2 Table of Influence Strategies as the Crazy Ivan. […]

Name That Play! From Hillary’s Hell to Donald’s Delay

February 18, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. So you think you’re a wonk? A political junkie? Here are ten questions to test your strategic genius and 2016 election acumen. Every choice, drawn from The Standard Table of Influence, has an element of truth, but one is closer than the others. Answers are listed in the key below. […]

Marco Roboto: How Christie Killed The Kid

February 7, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   Of the plethora of plays being run in presidential debates, it’s hard to ignore the game and gamesmanship now surrounding Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) — not only the plays he’s run himself but the counterstrategies that have ensnared him. Here’s a quick dissection for the uninitiated: Hoping last night […]

State of Shock: What Worked in Iowa, What to Expect in NH

February 4, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   Watching the Iowa caucus returns this week, I found myself humming an old hit and wondering who among the candidates was more surprised by the results? Was it Ted Cruz, who actually slayed the great and powerful Mr. Trump? Was it Trump who almost came in third to Marco Rubio? Or […]