Originally Posted by Spark
What is your definition of left and right? By standard polisci definitions the US political centre is definitely well to the right.
In terms of economics extreme left is communism , if you discount the lunatic/violent fringes.
In U.S that kind of left wing sentiment does not exist, i guess. So in those terms you are right that their center has been towards the right for a large duration now and thus it being almost the most free market country the definition of left would be more right than the normal than most other countries, i guess.
In terms of non economic issues though, i don't think their political centre is towards the right though. Many worst examples of extreme right wing around the world. I still feel on those terms their politics may have moved towards the right in recent times, but still the general public opinion is closer to center than right or left. Though those issues most of the time tend to be portrayed as Black and White most times, which i don't believe is the case.
In short Obama is just about left of center and Romney right of center in american terms for me.