Your fascination with Objectivists is mystifying. Although sort of in the Libertarian/right-anarchist camp, they are also militant Atheists and therefore an all-around sideshow that nobody takes seriously or really gives a shit about, one way or the other. Until your arrival, I don't believe I remember anyone ever bringing them up as a relevant issue to anything, although occasionally someone would make a reference to Rand (Generally, to characters or situations in Atlas Shrugged, but not with any intent to seriously propound Objectivism.
Doctor Lennie was obviously focused more on his Atheism (As I recall, another charming feature of Objectivists) here than on anything else, to the point of failing to even analyze the make-up of the GOP to see if his scenario was realistic, which it isn't. It sounds like he read Heinlein's Revolt in 2100 as a kid and it stunted the development of his imagination. And no, it doesn't take any imagination at all to earn a doctorate in our education system.
I find militant Atheists to be amusing (When they aren't just being pains in the ass to everyone else) because they think they are intellectually superior to militant believers, when in reality both of them base their positions entirely on blind faith...faith that there is a higher power in the caser of the believers, faith that there isn't one in the case of the Atheists. If anything the believers have an edge self-awareness or intellectual honesty, because at least they admit their position is a matter of faith.