Re-watching old episodes of the X-Files. In which Agent Mulder says: (paraphrasing)
just pseudo-science used to make political book
(FYI The Episode was written by Mat Beck)
I can infer that it means, to add (false) weight to a political agenda or argument. (ie. making it a safer bet.)
I recall hearing the phrase before, sounds like a Hunter S Thompson, or beat era style phrase, but I’m unable to find any reference to it.
Can anyone help with definite meaning and/or etymology?
Edit: Please don’t offer conjecture, I can guess all by myself.
If you are a book maker then you set the odds on the things being gambled on. What Mulder means is that the pseudo-science is being used to fix the odds of certain things happening in politics.