You had to look at Olmert twice—as an idealist, and as a fitting candidate for governor of Illinois—to see him once.
It is not an idealist, not a romantic call to ethics of conviction as opposed to ethics of responsibility.
Then the idealist's slimy past seemed to catch up with him: facing police investigations, he resigned.
It seems even incredible, that any Idealist in any age could forget himself so far as to run his head against a post, merely because he found in his system, that no external world does exist, and that therefore nothing could be without to hurt him. [F.A. Nitsch, "A General and Introductory View of Professor Kant's Principles," 1796]Earlier still, "one who holds doctrines of philosophical idealism" (1701).