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* TropeBreaker: Thanks to [[IApprovedThisMessage Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002]], the entire scheme Johnson pulls to get elected would be impossible to do, as he would have to present his face.

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* TropeBreaker: Thanks to [[IApprovedThisMessage Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002]], the entire DeadPersonImpersonation scheme Johnson pulls to get elected would be impossible to do, as he would have to present his face.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When faced with the choice of keeping the cushy job and the steady income it generates in "donations" or actually making a difference, Johnson decides to expose bunch of corrupt politicians. Even if this potentially means ruining himself ''and'' making it impossible to be a conman ever again, too, since now all of America knows his face.

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* TropeBreaker: Thanks to [[IApprovedThisMessage Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002]], the entire scheme Johnson pulls to get elected would be impossible to do, as he would have to present his face.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The firm lack of IApprovedThisMessage in Johnson's campaign ads (an essential part of his scheme to get elected by making think that he's the other ''Jeff Johnson'' that recently died dates this movie.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The firm lack of IApprovedThisMessage in Johnson's campaign ads (an essential part of his scheme to get elected by making think that he's the other ''Jeff Johnson'' that recently died dates this movie.

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* ActuallyIAmHim: When Celia shows up at Johnson's reception for the new congressman, she goes right up to him first and asks where the congressman is, then goes on to bad-mouth him a bit before he reveals his congressman's pin (which he deliberately hide behind a clipboard).


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* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: During the reception party for first-time elected congresmen, Johnson is pestered by two other congresmen, who list the effort they went through to get elected, while he just filled on the popular name to get voted in... and congratulate him for such smart move.


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* SleazyPolitician: Almost ''everyone''. The amount of honest or idealistic politicians within the film can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And they are just grinded down by the rest without much effort.
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: Downplayed, as it is deliberately aimed at Johnson. When Elijah Hawkins is giving a sermon about the importance of living honest life, he's not only talking directly to Johnson (sitting at the service with his girlfriend), but maintains eye contact when delivering his lines.


* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade is when a cancer-stricken child and her mother show up in his office. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* LittlestCancerPatient: The event that finally breaks through Johnson's JerkassFacade jerkass facade is when a cancer-stricken child and her mother show up in his office. It takes this for him to realize that he was elected to represent people who place their hopes and dreams in him.

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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Actually a plot point. Johnson doesn't like that his full name is Thomas Jefferson Johnson, due to his namesake being a slave owner. However, once he realizes that the dead Senator he wants to replace was named Jeff Johnson, and his name is technically also Jeff Johnson, he hatches his scheme.

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* InanimateCompetitor: Played with. The set-up to the main plot is that a long-time Floridian Congressman named Jeff Johnson has died close to voting season. In his absence, con artist Thomas Jefferson Johnson (using an alteration of his name) takes the late congressman's spot on the ballot, on the basis that Johnson's name recognition alone will be enough to earn him the seat. And it works.


* JerkassFacade: At first, Johnson treats being in Congress as a lark and happily acts like what he thinks a stereotypical Congressman should be, voting frivolously, dissing constituents, and sucking up to lobbyists. Then it starts to hit home that he's toying with real people's lives.


* DeathBySex: The real Jeff Johnson died from a heart attack while having sex with his secretary.

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* DeathBySex: The real Jeff Johnson died from a heart attack while having sex with his secretary.


* VoiceChangling: Everybody in Johnson's group is skilled at this, especially Johnson himself, who is shown putting on no fewer than five different voices while campaigning for office.

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* VoiceChangling: VoiceChangeling: Everybody in Johnson's group is skilled at this, especially Johnson himself, who is shown putting on no fewer than five different voices while campaigning for office.


* KansasCityShuffle: Johnson's specialty. Both his normal con and [[spoiler: the EngineeredPublicConfession he sets up]] are this in a nutshell. His HoneyTrap is effective enough, but then he comes in and "catches" the other two members of his group, explaining the con to his mark and letting them think that they're in control again. [[spoiler: In the confession, he causes the chairman and lobbyist to panic by claiming to have taped the whole thing, even ''bringing the camera into the room with him'', and acts defeated when they discover it's a bluff. Of course, he doesn't mention that this camera is ''rolling''...]]

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* KansasCityShuffle: Johnson's specialty. Both his normal con and [[spoiler: the EngineeredPublicConfession he sets up]] are this in a nutshell. His HoneyTrap is effective enough, but then he comes in and "catches" the other two members of his group, explaining the con to his mark and letting them think that they're in control again. [[spoiler: In the confession, he causes the chairman and lobbyist to panic by claiming to have taped the whole thing, their earlier conversation, even ''bringing the camera into the room with him'', and acts defeated when they discover it's a bluff. Of course, he doesn't mention that this camera is ''rolling''...]]

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* KansasCityShuffle: Johnson's specialty. Both his normal con and [[spoiler: the EngineeredPublicConfession he sets up]] are this in a nutshell. His HoneyTrap is effective enough, but then he comes in and "catches" the other two members of his group, explaining the con to his mark and letting them think that they're in control again. [[spoiler: In the confession, he causes the chairman and lobbyist to panic by claiming to have taped the whole thing, even ''bringing the camera into the room with him'', and acts defeated when they discover it's a bluff. Of course, he doesn't mention that this camera is ''rolling''...]]


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* VoiceChangling: Everybody in Johnson's group is skilled at this, especially Johnson himself, who is shown putting on no fewer than five different voices while campaigning for office.

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