Trump and Clinton Fumble on Free Trade

Trade deals didn’t eliminate most of the lost manufacturing jobs in America. Which of the passages below is from which party’s official platform? -No. 1. We “will use all our trade enforcement tools to hold China and other trading partners accountable because no country should be able to manipulate their currencies to gain a competitive…

Do American Voters Even Want Political Unity?

The evidence is mixed. Do Americans want a great unifier? It’s a question worth asking as the Democratic convention goes completely off script on Day One. In contrast to the Republicans’ gathering in Cleveland last week, this was supposed to be a disciplined, professionally run show displaying a party united for Hillary Clinton and against…

Hillary Clinton’s Major Convention Challenge? Calming Dissent

Clinton will need to use the DNC to ease tensions with the party’s progressive wing. To impose some structure on your viewing of this week’s Democratic National Convention (or on your reading about it), consider tracking how party leaders – mainly Hillary Clinton, since it’s her show – manage these major challenges and opportunities: Challenges…

Donald Trump Plays Off Globalization Anger

Trump made his campaign storyline clear: America’s problems come largely from outside our borders. In his speech accepting the Republican nomination Thursday night, Donald Trump broke every rule of conventional politics. Breaking the rules has worked extraordinarily well for him, but Thursday night’s speech was his first appearance in a new game, at a new…

The Republicans Want Glass-Steagall Back

The so-called “Party of Wall Street” wants to enact a law that Wall Street hates. The Republican Party platform’s final version, released at the party’s convention in Cleveland, is the opposite of the Democrats’ platform in all the ways you’d expect and in one other way. While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks in snooze-inducing…

How the Best Business Leaders Disrupt Themselves

And how doing so helps them keep up with technological change. Why isn’t Intuit intu dead? Its peers from the Pleistocene epoch of PC software (VisiCalc, WordStar) are long gone; only Intuit survives as a significant independent business. The reason is easy to state, hard to emulate: The company has continually disrupted itself, most recently…

For Trump and Clinton, Conventions Will Be High-Stakes Leadership Auditions

The issues demanding attention are numerous and include many that a president must confront. Yet another pattern being broken in this bizarre political year: Summer is not the usual sleepy news-free season when the political conventions, though little more than high-budget infomercials, are the only big thing happening. Instead, the news events of the past…

Is Trump a Bumbling Incompetent or a Canny Disrupter?

Trump’s unorthodox strategy will attract a lot of votes, but not enough to win. Donald Trump will likely announce his VP pick this week—the Republican convention starts July 18—and I have nothing to add to the one zillion words that have been written about it. Whoever his choice, it will further stoke a larger argument…

Will Clinton’s Emails Ruin Her Presidential Run?

  Clinton’s salvation so far has been that when she looks bad, Trump looks worse. Polling has shown for months that Hillary Clinton would be the least liked presidential nominee in modern history if it weren’t for one thing: Donald Trump, who is regarded even more unfavorably. The who’s-worse choice facing American voters took another…