I conclude,

None of the leading contenders for President in 2008 has the humility factor going for them. You just have to close your eyes and hope that whoever we elect does only minimal damage.

I continue to view elections as an opportunity for voters to provide a check against politicians. Instead, if you view it as an opportunity to elect a great leader, you are falling into the trap of what Daniel Klein calls “the people’s romance.” Incidentally, Klein is interviewed this week on econtalk, and the interview includes some discussion of the people’s romance concept.