The Presidential election was too close to call. Neither the Republican candidate nor the Democrat candidate had enough votes to win. There was much talk about ballot recounting, court challenges, etc., but a week-long ice fishing competition seemed the sportsmanlike way to settle things. The candidate that caught the most fish at the end of the week would win the election.
After much of back and forth discussion, it was decided that the contest take place on a remote frozen lake in northern Michigan.
There were to be no observers present, and both men were to be sent out separately on this isolated lake and return at 5P.M. with their catch for counting and verification by a team of neutral parties.
At the end of the first day, John McCain returns to the starting line and he has ten fish.
Soon, Obama returns and he has no fish. Well, everyone assumes he is just having a bad day and hopefully, he will catch up tomorrow.
At the end of the 2nd day John McCain comes in with 20 fish and Obama once again returns with none.
That evening, Harry Reid gets together secretly with Obama and says, 'Obama,I think John McCain is a low-life, cheatin' SOB. I want you to go out tomorrow and don't even bother with fishing. Just spy on him and see exactly how he is cheating.'
The next night (after John McCain returns with 50 fish), Harry Reid says to Obama, 'Well, tell me, how is the old snake cheating?'
Obama replies, 'Harry, you're not going to believe this, but he's cutting holes in the ice.'