Month: August 2015

2016 Election, Trump

Republicans Worst-Case Scenario?

Things are getting bad for Hillary. I hear she’s losing a lot of support from Democrat Party insiders, at least in private. The DNC is meeting this week, and  talk will likely surround an alternative Democrats can vote for. While Republicans enjoy the Clinton meltdown, we might want to be careful what we wish for. …

News, Trump

Trump: Good, Bad, and Ugly

There seems to be a certain air of inevitability that Trump will win the GOP nomination for President. According to a new poll, 57 percent of Republican voters expect that Trump will be the party’s candidate next year. Why is that important? Expectations Beat Preferences It’s important because expectations are far better predictors of actual …

Politics, Trump

Results of the Cabinet Matching Game

A couple weeks ago, I published a simple game for political nerds. Assuming the next president must build a cabinet from current candidates for the Republican nomination for president, how would you assign candidates to cabinet positions. This was meant to be a fun exercise for people who spend too much time thinking about politics. …

News, Trump

Trump’s Immigration Fans Need to Read Wong Kim Ark

It’s sad that Donald Trump has inspired so many good conservatives to promote fantasies¬†about the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court addressed the issue of birthright citizenship directly, and Mark Levin and Laura Ingram know it. They are Constitutional lawyers. Both Levin and Ingraham are familiar with United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) which established, …

Political Psychology, Trump

Fascinating Results from Leaders Eat Last Poll

This is the story of hard choices and how people resist making them. Last week’s poll asked you to watch a video by Simon Sinek before answering two, simple, two-part questions: which Republican candidate for President and Missouri Governor is most likely and least likely to eat last? I intended the poll to be hard. …

2016 Election, News, Trump

Who’s Really Left in the GOP Field?

If you lack a unique, differentiating value, your only play is price. In business, you command the price play by being very, very big and very, very efficient. In presidential politics, you’re unique or you close up shop and go home. Commodities don’t win executive offices. Usually. Even though it’s early, only four Republican candidates …

2016 Election, Service, Trump

One Question for Carly Fiorina

The next US President must be a great communicator. Distilling complex and controversial problems into mental models accessible to large numbers of people is not deception–it’s brilliance. The reason we hang onto sound bites isn’t because we’re stupid–it’s because we’re busy. We all don’t have time to earn masters-degree understanding of every issue facing society …

Service, Trump

What Is The Difference Between Leadership and Service?

Marine Corps officers eat last. That simple insight inspired the title of Simon Sinek’s latest book, “Leaders Eat Last.” If I could influence high school or college curricula, no one would graduate without successfully completing a semester course on that principle. Below is another remarkable video of Simon Sinek discussing how circumstances can override our …