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The Scandal Plan: Or: How to Win the Presidency by Cheating on Your Wife

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A presidential candidate behind in the polls concocts an outrageous scandal to improve his chances in this hilarious political satire in the spirit of Primary Colors

Senator Ben Phillips is the perfect man for the presidency. If only he weren't such a straight arrow. He's getting battered in the polls, and with only a few months until Election Day, his staff is growing des
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by William Morrow (first published 2008)
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Bookmom
Thomas Campman, the campaign manager for the democratic presidential candidate, gets hit in the head with an idea while sitting on the toilet, believing he's received a message from God. Ben Phillips has been preparing for the role of president his entire life. He's got an impressive resume, a great deal of public service under his belt and truly believes in what he's fighting for. The problem is he's so clean that the public can't relate to him. Thomas believes what's needed to make Ben seem mo ...more
Liz
Jun 29, 2008 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
The first half was kinda slow but it quickly picked up the pace by the second part. What a story! Creating a sex scandal in order to make the candidate for the US presidency seem more relatable. Very funny.

I loved how the author created a lot of short chapters. It made the storyline move quickly and allowed for certain parts of the story stand-out.

I wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a movie. It has the makings. It's not a classic by any means but highly entertaining, especially for a fi
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Larry
You are a squeaky-clean Presidential candidate, Rhodes Scholar, respected senator - and you are 20 points behind the incumbent (who bears a striking resemblance to George W. Bush). Your campaign manager comes up with a strategy to make you more popular - a sex scandal (that never happened). From finding the co-respondent through dealing with the "me, toos" who appear, the spy chauffeur, the other candidate's Rove-type dirty tricks, this first novel by Bill Folman is a hilarious send-up of Washin ...more
Donna Brown
I am donating this book to someone who likes politics and the antics that go along with a political scandal. It started out great so it's me, not the book. I don't watch the news, I don't discuss politics, and I am not interested who runs for President even though I do vote and I do watch Scandal. Unfortunately, this wasn't my cup of tea. If you follow politics, this might be a book to read.
CLM
Apr 10, 2008 CLM marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction, 21st-century
Senator Ben Phillips is the perfect candidate but so boring he can't get enough coverage to keep his campaign going. So his staff decides to invent a sex scandal to make him more interesting to the media and the public. Can this plan be successful and what does that say about our country?
Mom
In this weak political satire, squeaky clean candidate who is behind is advised by his staff to make-up a scandal. A leak about a made-up affair causes him to rise in the polls and the taste of sin gives him new political confidence as well.
Jamie Hyman
Such a great idea that could've been hilarious. It just wasn't executed to the potential of the concept.
Camille
Amusing good read; amazing that it is the author's first book
Tracy Silverman
A hilarious read. Perfect to read as a break from real politics....
Susan
Jun 09, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susan by: Bill Folman
Very very funny.
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As a seventh grader, Bill Folman drew political cartoons of Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush for the middle school magazine in his hometown of Easton, Connecticut. More recently, he enjoyed a brief career as a theater actor, directed a few short films, earned a few degrees (a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA from Boston University), and spent countless hours shouting at the evening news. ...more
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