IMO, the political spectrum of the USofA is partitioned into five segments.
A - Typical stalwart Political Party Crowd. Do and say what Party leadership instructs. Memorize the Party Song Book. Never think outside the box. Never say or do anything, not in the Song Book, without permission of Party Leadership.
B - Members of ?A? who obsess, to the extreme, in maintaining the narrowest of Party philosophies. These individuals hide in the shadows of, and mix with, the ?A? crowd. The difference between the ?B? Crowd and a religious cult - a cult openly shows itself, whereas members of the ?B? crowd move and operate within a deceptive appearance of being members of the ?A? crowd.
C - Includes members, and previous members, of both ?A? crowds. Individuals who have determined that they have the ability to think for themselves, independent of Party Leadership. Individuals who can correctly add 2 plus 2. Individuals who recognize and support good points from both ?A? crowds, and who can work together and resolve difficult and complex issues without rancor. Individuals who have stripped the words ?always? and ?never? from their work vocabularies. Individuals who believe that effective politics are American, not Party; Gender; Race, or Religion based. Individuals who believe the larger picture holds precedent over individual constituencies, while keeping interests of individual constituencies in full view on the table. Individuals who dismiss concern for their individual political or financial welfare. Individuals who recognize they were elected to serve the public, not elected to have the public serve them.