Plays for the Presidency™


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 […]

Preparing for Cleveland: Gaming Out the Plays of a GOP Brokered Convention

March 16, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124.   This week, the Playmaker decision system will be put to the ultimate test — as the playbook for the simulation of a brokered GOP convention, perhaps the first ever. And why not? There may never be a better demonstration of influence strategy than what we’ll see in Cleveland […]

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. […]