"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Nader was never irrelevant. Nader may not have had a snowball's chance in hell of winning, but he was considered a relevant factor, even if it was just speculation on how badly he would split the vote.
Kind of like Bill Ayers writing Dreams for Obama isn't it? that doesn't seem to bother you much. Correct?
The "success" of such books comes largely from the Conservative Book Club, Scaife-funded NewsMax, and other partisan organizations who buy in bulk and essentially give them away.
do you have numbers showing that is how this book was so successful?
Here's how it works: the person who cannot write gives general information, some quotes, and a few interesting anecdotes to the writer, who then does research and crafts the non-writer's ideas into coherent sentences / paragraphs / chapters. The non-writer then reviews the draft, making occasional edits to tone or intent. There is, in fact, little to no actual writing done by the "author" in such cases - it's 99% ghostwriter.
You said that Palin was a good writer; the simple fact is, she didn't write the book.
Regardless, no, I'm not remotely bothered by anyone using a ghostwriter. If people didn't, I'd be in a world of hurt.
NYT Political Best Sellers list (which includes information about bulk sales) doesn't currently include Going Rogue. Can you prove bulk sales are NOT jacking up the total sales?
$4.97 at Newsmax.com.