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Succumbing to Trumpism. It's Just Business.

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

I have to marvel at Trump and his art-of-the-deal frame. It's not actually about ego. It's about business. It's about quid-pro-quo. About winning. Leverage. And with respect to American voters, it's about getting back what we've given away too freely.

Hillary's Peacock, Jeb's Crowd and Donald's Trump

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week offered a trifecta of plays in the game of presidential campaigning. Three personalities, each larger than life, made their candidacies and causes officially known.

Clinton's Hard Choices: Too Smart or Too Dumb?

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Alan Kelly

What remains of the carcass of Hillary Clinton's new book and dubious tour, picked over by legions of fellow pundits, is the simple duty to observe the obvious -- that Hillary Clinton runs plays. Lots of them.

The Strategy of Sochi: Did Censorship or Friendship Define the Winter Games?

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.29.2014 | Media
Alan Kelly

Sochi was a showcase for soft power strategy and there is no doubt that influence plays were being run.

Plays That Sound the Sirens: Of Human, Global and Political Tolls

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.

March on the Tea Party: To Rome (Georgia) and Moscow (Idaho)

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

The Romes and Moscows of America have done plenty to make us listen, so it's appropriate and in fact patriotic that they should also be made to hear. Let's pay them a visit, en masse.

Clinton and Cruz: Peacocking Because They Can

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Hillary's is a sideshow that will be countered later. But Cruz's circus is playing now and it's being panned, not only by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but by Barack Obama and top Democrats.