A big deal has been made of the fact that a great many voters said moral values played a big part in their decisions at the ballot box during the recent election. The implication has been that values are not a legitimate issue for voters and should not be a consideration when voting. Many in the media have gone so far as to suggest that President Bush was carried back into office on the coattails of these "values voters" when he otherwise would have lost but for their participation in the election. The clear intention here is to cast some sort of doubt as to the legitimacy of Bush's win.
Are values a legitimate issue? Should they be a consideration?