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Vermonters don’t like their politicians to be from central casting. Their governor, Howard Dean, is a Democrat, but a few years ago, the Cato Institute ranked him above 25 Republican governors on a list of the nation’s most fiscally conservative state leaders. Vermont has repeatedly selected Bernie Sanders—a self-proclaimed socialist—as its sole representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. And then there’s James Jeffords, who spent most of his career as one of the U.S. Senate’s most liberal Republicans—and then stunned political observers this past May by switching his affiliation to independent, thus shifting the evenly divided Senate to Democratic control. In his recently published memoir-manifesto-apologia, My Declaration of Independence, Jeffords provides a blow-by-blow account of his party switch, culminating in the tally of constituent mail after his announcement: 10 to 1 in favor of his decision. For citizens of a state that declared war on the Nazis six months before Pearl Harbor, the reaction was eminently in character. Hear Jeffords read at 12:30 p.m. at Borders, 600 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 737-1385. (Louis Jacobson)