Tonight's note from PBS:—Historian Douglas Brinkley describes Jimmy Carter's 1976 run for the Presidency:
Nobody knew him. It was like picking a name out of the phone book. I mean, it takes a bit of hubris to think you're the best person to be the President of the United States, because you were a one-term governor of Georgia. It's a kind of arrogance run amok.
—Douglas Brinkley, American Experience: Jimmy Carter, 2002.
Commenters, your historical observations and comparisons are welcome....