Newt and other conservatives are obsessed with tying Obama to Saul Alinsky — here's where their hatred comes from. Richard Eskow on why Obama's the least socialistic president in modern history (and that's a shame). Have you met Barack X? He's the candidate that the political right has invented in a bid to win back the White House. Pam Martens on Ayn Rand, the Tea Party’s miscast matriarch. Ayn Rand worshippers should face facts: Blue states are the providers, red states are the parasites. The Los Angeles Times' Op-Ed Page and finds common ground: Liberals are pricks. Who's left? The New Statesman profiles the leading American progressives who are keeping the cause alive. Reviving progressive activism: Anja Rudiger on how a human rights movement won the country’s first universal health care law. David Rothkopf on a dictionary of American politics — GOP Speak and Demspeak. Ruy Teixeira reviews The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents by Linda Killian: "I suppose we should be grateful to Linda Killian. Her new book collects in one place every cliched and suspect empirical generalization about political independents. So in that sense—and only in that sense—it is a useful volume."