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Origin and correct meaning of “make political book”

Re-watching old episodes of the X-Files. In which Agent Mulder says: (paraphrasing) just pseudo-science used to make political book (Transcript here) (FYI The Episode was written by Mat Beck) ...
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Is “august public official” considered an idiom, and has august always been used to refer to public officials? [closed]

Reading this article they referred to Justice Scalia as an "august public official." The phrase is also used in the book "Parade's End" by Ford Madox Ford on page 423. I can't seem to find the ...