WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You run plays. Plays are run on you. And if you're in politics, this has never been more true. Just ask Hillary, Barack, Edwards, Rudy, Mitt, McCain and the others. They're the featured playmakers in the biggest Presidential election of our time. But how can the voters -- the ultimate players -- get their arms around it all? To crack the code of this epic contest and the spin machines that will befog it, The Politico, the nonpartisan online political news startup, announced its debut of "Plays for the Presidency" (http://www.politico.com/playsforpresidency/). Created and written by political scholar and consultant Michael Cornfield (http://www.politico.com/playsforpresidency/bios/MichaelCornfield/) and entrepreneur and author Alan Kelly (http://www.politico.com/playsforpresidency/bios/AlanKelly/), "Plays for the Presidency" is a first-of-a-kind interactive political blog based on Kelly's landmark strategy and prediction system, The Playmaker's Standard(TM) and critically acclaimed new book, "The Elements of Influence." Three times each week, Cornfield and Kelly post their descriptions and predictions on the 2008 race, derived from an easy-to-learn classification system of 25 irreducibly unique "plays" in politics, business and pop culture. From the subtle Ping of a soft-sounding surrogate to the outrageous Peacock of a desperate dark horse, these are the moves that build a base, outwit rivals and win elections. Visit their inaugural posts at http://www.politico.com/playsforpresidency/blog/: -- Crazy Ivan: McCain Damns the Torpedoes. The Crazy Ivan is a good strategy for a bad day...and an embattled Presidential candidate, too, like John McCain. -- Scrappy Screener: Edwards Takes on McCain While GOP Field Pauses. Responding to McCain's Crazy Ivan is a no-brainer for John Edwards and a "zugzwang" for GOP rivals. Here's why. -- Ballooning Drama: Fred Thompson Tests the Political Breeze. The Senator/Actor knows his lines...and how to run plays. Here's how he's staging his warm up act in his play for the Presidency. About The Politico The Politico newspaper is published on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when Congress is in session and is updated 24 hours per day on POLITICO.com. For more information, please visit http://www.politico.com.