Book 50 of 52: The Scandal Plan or: How to Win the Presidency by Cheating on Your Wife

So who’s tired of election stuff already? I know I am — after Pennsylvania became the epicenter of the latest primary vote off, I’m ready for it to be done — and the Democrats haven’t picked a candidate yet.

Which is why Bill Folman’s The Scandal Plan: Or: How to Win the Presidency by Cheating on Your Wifeis the right book at the right time. The plot is ridiculous, which is the point — it’s a political farce, and a good one at that.

The gist is that the good guy is down. Way down. He’s the perfect person for the Presidency job, but he’s being out campaigned by an incumbent who’s messed up the country and can’t find a complete sentence with two hands and a flashlight (sound familiar?) So the idea is to give the good guy a flaw by creating an affair, one that happened long ago enough that it’ll create a smear, but not a smear campaign. Of course everything goes wrong, but that’s what makes the novel.

It’s an incredibly silly book, but a fun one, and I really enjoyed reading it. If you’re heavy into politics, or just sick of the ads, you’ll be in on the joke, too. Good times.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.


  1. on May 1, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Gosh, does that sound like Obama and Hillary or what?

    Oh I wish this primary had been over two months ago…it’s just getting painful now.

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