Plays for the Presidency™


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 […]

Rx for Trump Haters: Help Him

January 21, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124   Back in November, I proposed a solution for Donald Trump haters: Encourage him.  The usual tricks have failed so it’s time to think different, I reasoned. I wasn’t kidding. From the perspective of the Table of Influence Strategies, none of the 24 plays one might […]

How Trump is Jumping Sharks, Cruz and Clinton

January 7, 2016

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124   Evidence is amassing that Donald Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. Consider two new cases in the billionaire’s run for The White House: Jumping the Senator  With the Iowa caucuses only weeks away and polls confirming Ted Cruz’s lead, Trump has aimed his psycho-babble at a […]

Plays of 2015: Drafts, Darts and Dodges of The Donald

December 21, 2015

Listen to this companion podcast from SiriusXM POTUS 124 In 2015, there’s little doubt that plays (aka, influence strategies) were run in the race for The White House. Here are this year’s awards for the best and worst in political playmaking: PLAY OF THE YEAR: THE CLOSE CRUZ AWARD  Were it not for the audacious Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz would […]

How to Beat The Donald: Encourage Him

November 30, 2015

Listen to this companion podcast from SiriusXM POTUS 124 Handwringing has never been so vigorous in American politics.  Call them vanity candidates, protest candidates or, heck, qualified candidates — the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are not supposed to happen in presidential contests. But they’re in the mix, and GOP fathers are worried one […]