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I saw on Amazon, that Nader had a book published in October. If I were utterly and truly cynical, I would wonder whether or not he was on a book tour. As it is I am only moderately cyncial and understand he must have written the book months prior to his presidential aspirations.

I didn't check to see if it was still there, but you could go to http://www.votenader.org during October and purchase an autographed copy of The Ralph Nader Reader (I'm guessing this is the book you're talking about) for, like, a $200 or $250 contribution to the Greens.

Given that the Reader is just a collection of various essays and op-ed pieces he's published over the years, I was left with the impression that it was created pretty quickly and exclusively to raise funds for the party. Could be wrong about that, though.

A slightly more cynical person might also say that Clinton is wrapping up a whirlwind eight-year book tour.

It's a dangerous game, of course, to guess at other people's motivations, but I think it extremely uncommon that a public servant seeks office without some angle for a tax cut, or a targeted subsidy, or a zoning permit, or chance to influence where the freeway exits get built, or preferential treatment from law enforcement, or something smelling of self-interest.

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