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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 desperate. Enter Thomas Campman, political guru. On a sudden inspiration, the eccentric Campman is convinced ...

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The Scandal Plan

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Overview

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 desperate. Enter Thomas Campman, political guru. On a sudden inspiration, the eccentric Campman is convinced he can revitalize the candidate's image by creating a fake sex scandal for him. Nothing too over-the-top—just a little scandal to make Phillips seem more human. Maybe even cool.

Though it takes some convincing, Phillips gives Campman the green light. The plan is set in motion, and, right on schedule, a phony former mistress steps forward to accuse the senator of infidelity. But scandals—even the premeditated kind—rarely go as planned. Before long, Campman's scheme snowballs into a three-ring circus complete with a linguistically challenged Mexican chauffeur who thinks he's James Bond, a highly sexed middle-aged woman who's convinced she'll never land one of the really good guys, and a political cub reporter for TeenVibe magazine who's sure he's on the trail of the biggest story since Watergate.

For those too well acquainted with politics-as-usual, The Scandal Plan is the perfect antidote. It's a witty political farce in the tradition of Jon Stewart and Dave Barry that will have readers—and even candidates—laughing all the way to the polls.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061857218
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 637 KB

Meet the Author

Bill Folman has enjoyed a brief career as a theater actor, directed a few short films, earned a few degrees, and spent countless hours shouting at the evening news. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he writes books and screenplays.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    An awesome and hilarious read! SO relevant to our times!

    This book was fabulously funny and witty, and truly is relevant for the upcoming election. It follows Senator Ben Phillips who is suffering in the polls before election, and so his campaign manager comes up with idea to create a fake scandal to increase publicity. Other subplots are woven into this story to conclude in a surprising ending. A great cast of characters too. I laughed my way through this one. Definitely on the Must Read list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Excelent

    A great read.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Funny and Irreverent

    A fun fictional look at the inner-workings of a desperate presidential campaign. At times laugh-out-loud funny, Folman takes the reader on an enjoyable ride straight through election day. Liberal or conservative, you should find something to enjoy about "The Scandal Plan."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    If you want to know who you are deep inside. If you need to understand why do you always feel 'atracted' to the badboy/wildgirl. Even worst... why do you feel like dumping the 'nice gal/guy' who is part of your life? Then you must buy this book: It is the answer to all your prayers! You'll laught out loud with no fear, while the mystery's veil is ripped off to reveal our naked humanity: Our Underdog Hero vs. the Boring Overachiever Story. The Why We Americans Always Go With Second Chances and Love the Underdog Above All!

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    perfection can be a problem

    While untold miles of paragraphs have been written about the upcoming presidential election and the aspiring candidates it's doubtful that any are more edgy, more entertaining than those found in Bill Folman's debut novel The Scandal Plan. Take a picture perfect candidate, and he is picture perfect, '.....standing on the podium with his spine at attention, the late afternoon sun picking out the orange highlights in his graying head of hair.' Problem is Senator Benjamin Phillips, Democrat from Oklahoma, is just too perfect. His credentials are unassailable - he memorized the capitals of every nation in the fourth grade, was active in student politics, Vietnam veteran, Oxford, Harvard Law, and the U.S. Senate. He has worked for the White House all of his life and now with less than three months before the election an AP poll shows him 20 points behind the president. He's beleaguered by a major political gaff - in Nashville he called barbecued pulled pork on a bun his favorite sandwich when five months prior he had called a New York City pastrami on rye his favorite sandwich. This has become a major scandal - Sandwich-Gate, if you will. Poor Ben doesn't know how to deal with this. The issue worsens when he tries 'to have it both ways, claiming that while pulled pork was his favorite hot sandwich, pastrami was his favorite cold one.' Oh-oh, another gaff when all know that pastrami is usually hot. What can be done to save Ben's dream of holding the highest office in the land? Enter Thomas Campman, political advisor extra ordinaire, who believes he can restart Ben's campaign by creating a false scandal. Ben would no longer be picture perfect when people learn that he had once been unfaithful to his wife. What could be more winning than a man who confesses (when his phony former mistress comes forward) to this very understandable error and then asks forgiveness? There's many a slip twixt the plan and the outcome, all of which are smile provoking. Bill Folman has created a capital comedy of errors -enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Great summer read

    THE SCANDAL PLAN is the perfect antidote to this year's election madness. It's laugh-out-loud funny with fantastic characters--one of the best political satires I've read in a long time.

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