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Dear Dems: The Sooner You Get Out Of Shock, The Sooner We Can Get Moving

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Michelle Manning Barish

I know that my liberal friends who remain hopeful are not going to want to hear this, but being popular isn't my goal. I prefer the truth.

Bubba's Play: Did Bill Hurt or Help Hillary in Philly?

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124. _______________________________________ "It's not the notes, it's what's between them. It's ...

How TV Detectives and Computer Simulations Can Help You Win at Divorce

Nika Kabiri | Posted 05.25.2016 | Divorce
Nika Kabiri

A "successful" divorce doesn't mean doing better than your spouse. It means minimizing your emotional scars and arriving at an outcome that puts you in a better situation than all possible alternatives, which in many cases is the most you can hope for.

The Roman Emperor's Playbook: A Guide for Presidential Candidates

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Robyn Faith Walsh

Emperor Titus depicted himself in the crown of the triumphal Arch of Titus riding up to the heavens on the wings of an eagle. He was depicting himself becoming a god. While for different symbolic reasons, Trump also staged a photoshoot with an eagle. His results were less than deifying.

Test Coming Soon for Political Power of Climate Issue

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.28.2017 | Green
Keith Gaby

There's a test looming that will let us know the power of climate change as a political issue. In a few months, we'll see whether campaign strategists believe support for climate action is a positive or negative for candidates across the country.

Rx for Trump Haters: Help Him

Alan Kelly | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Listen to this companion podcast on SiriusXM POTUS 124 Back in November, I proposed a solution for Donald Trump haters: Encourage him. The usual tri...

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

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

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.

How to Beat The Donald: Encourage Him

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

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.

How Donald Put Jeb into Checkmate: Beware the Dreaded Zugzwang

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Alan Kelly

You can talk about the hair. You can shrink at his hatred. You can marvel at his immodesty. But this carnival barker, Mr. Trump, knows his target and the moves to demolish him.

How 50 Words Have Saved Hillary and Iced Joe

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Fifty words is a micron in the measure of a lawmaker's rhetoric. But these 50 words of declared House Speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have instantly reversed the fortunes of Hillary Clinton's sagging campaign for the democratic presidential nomination:

Succumbing to Trumpism. It's Just Business.

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.18.2016 | 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.

While Hillary Conditions, Bernie Engages. Guess Who's Rising?

Alan Kelly | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

To understand the hows and whys of Bernie Sanders' spike and Hillary Clinton's stall, look no further than the plays they're running. Two recent CNN sit downs serve this purpose, beginning with Brianna Keilar's interview of Clinton.

How Mitt Romney and Retailers Dismantled Dixie

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

When the disillusioned 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the tragedy quickly focused on the legacy of the Confederate flag and its tacit endorsement of racism. For presidential candidates courting southern conservatives, this called for high-wire political acts.

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

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.18.2016 | 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.

Strategies Behind Slogans Betray the Politics

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

While Jeb Bush dithers, there's much to be said about his opponents' slogans. What's escaped the white gloves of so many branding gurus is an analysis of the influence plays that support them. They tell a deeper story of the candidate's intentions and interests.

Rand and Bernie: Running Plays on Patriot Acts and Plutocrats

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In the plays for the presidency 2016, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian running as a Republican. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a Socialist running as a Democrat. Each subscribes to an ideology that the American two-party system eschews.

Politics as Performance: From Obama's Luther to Huckabee's Christ

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.15.2016 | Comedy
Alan Kelly

As the White House Correspondents' Dinner reliably demonstrates, performance is the new politics. By tapping comedy, drama and other forms of storytelling influencers can access strategies they'd normally never employ.

Can Britain's Conservative Landslide Cross the Pond?

Julianne Shinto | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Julianne Shinto

The victory hangovers have yet to wear off for my colleagues in the U.K. But my U.S. counterparts are already asking, "How can we replicate the sweeping conservative victory here, in the States?" I have the answer and I haven't been quiet about it in the least.

I'm Freddy Gray, Says Hillary. And You're Rich, Says Bernie

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

How might Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reflect on Hillary's Baltimore-soaked bravado?

So How About Lincoln Chafee For President?

David Russell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
David Russell

Chafee could generate excitement. His willingness to go after Clinton is very useful especially if Warren remains in a leadership position in the Senate and keeps firing off legislative bombshells.

The Provocateur: Cruz Goes Hard Right on the Influence Spectrum

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In contests of most any kind, it's often best to go second. Particularly if you think you're the better player. But if you're the weaker, then surely you should go first.

All Quiet Except Cruz. And Did You Read About Al Gore?

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

With just 600 days until the 2016 general elections, it was reasonable to have a break in the recent political weather and wind. And we got it for two reasons: Democrats were getting past emailgate and Republicans were getting past Bibi and Iran.

I'm Kinda Sorry: Hillary's Plays on Her Emailing Ways

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Instead of running at the revelations of her private email service, she preferred to finesse the foment with signature testing, freezing and diverting strategies.

Step Brothers 2016? Mitt and Jeb's Feud for President

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Think of Romney as Dale, played by actor John C. Reilly, more entitled than his new-found half-sibling. And think of Jeb Bush as Brennen, played by Will Ferrell, which is easy given the comedian's facility for impersonating another brother, George W. Bush. Are you following so far?

Progressives Are the Future of the Democratic Party

Sam Wohns | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Sam Wohns

We can't tell the story of the 2014 election as simply a victory by Republicans over Democrats. In fact, I think we can understand a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic Party by looking at which Democrats won and which lost.