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Meet Ron Johnson, the Randiest of the Ayn Rand Republicans

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Then Johnson goes all in, finding something of himself in a favorite Ayn Rand novel.

"I guess when you take a look at the book Atlas Shrugged, I think most people always like to identify with the main character -- that would be John Galt," chirped Johnson. "I guess I identify with Hank Rearden, the fella that just refused until the very end to give up. And I guess I'd like to think of myself more as a Hank Rearden -- I'm not going to give up."

That's the sort of confidence you'd expect from a senator who boldly interrogated the Secretary of State without bothering to prepare.

It may also be why  Paul Krugman reminds us , "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life:  The Lord of the Rings  and  Atlas Shrugged . One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Rick Perlstein criticizes another Ayn Rand-inspired Republican fantasy: Turning Detroit's main park into a sovereign nation with a $300,000 citizenship fee.

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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

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