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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 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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