Despite the vast ideological landscapes and political freedoms that set the United States apart from much of world, the 2012 presidential election has been, like so many American elections of the past 150 years, ultimately a two-party contest.
The screen adaptation of Ayn Rand's blockbuster 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged," which opens Friday in a smattering of theaters, is far from a full-bore Hollywood extravaganza. You might think Rand enthusiasts with big-screen dreams would be sorely disappointed. But you'd be wrong.
If you knew that a recent Zogby International survey found 59 percent of the respondents described themselves as "fiscally conservative and socially liberal," and if you were a head of a political party wanting to put together a winning platform, what would you do?