What, if any, issues are so important to you that you will absolutely not support an otherwise ideal candidate who disagrees with you on said issue?
The idea that a given politician is going to be a perfectly issue-for-issue match to you, or I, or any particular citizen, is silly. We accept that fact that when we are electing a candidate we are electing one who best represents our values and who has the good judgment to implement values that may be contrary to our own in the most just and reasonable way possible.
But for many there are certain issues that are so big that a candidate who is otherwise a perfect match, will lose our support on over this single issue. For example: I would not vote for an otherwise ideal candidate who supported any form of further integration of Church and State.
But is this good? Is it good that we may be willing to dismiss otherwise ideal candidates over singular issues. What should be a reasonable cut off point? Obviously I'd be a fool for turn away from an otherwise ideal leader who didn't agree with my particular view on interstate dairy tax, but I do feel justified turning away from a candidate who would further integrate Church and State.
In watching this election closely I have been forced to ask, is there a significant danger in becoming overly obsessed with single issues, and when does a single issue become big enough to be worth decrying a candidacy over?