Voting for an ideal

Regarding the Opinion page column "Can the `Conservative' Bush Hold Onto GOP Moderates?," Oct. 20: I have been angered and baffled by President Bush's alliance with the Christian evangelical movement, led by Pat Robertson, and all that it stands for.

The author states, "... I've come to believe that [Mr. Bush] really isn't an ideologue. He's always said that he's a pragmatist, looking for good answers wherever they may come from." Without a clear ideal we flounder. I now have the solution to my quandary in this election year. I will cast my vote pragmatically for an ideal I can back, not for a person. To my mind Ross Perot has best defined that ideal. Sally Mann, Seattle

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