Blue is democrat, grey is independent, orange is republican. Not much variety, is there? Here is where presidential candidates fell that same year:
I have a feeling that Obama has shifted up and to the right since then.
US politics is heavily skewed to the right and towards authoritarianism. All those orange republicans? Are extremists. They're so extreme, that centre-right looks like socialism to them. US politics is skewed, because it does not represent the full range of political views in that country. For example, Resist Racism has plotted out where his readers fall, and it is not in the quadrant dominated by US politicians.
So, yeah. US politics is skewed and extremist, and there is no representation of the left to speak of. End of argument.
You can take the quiz to see where you're situated on the political compass.
Here is where I fell: