And who had less hubris? Agamemnon or Achilles? And now Democrats or Republicans? Both are caught up in the same death spiral? Whose death? Our economy's? Because in John Adams' words, “The real terrors of both Parties have all ways been, and now are, the fear that they shall loose the Elections and consequently the Loaves and Fishes; and that their Antagonists will obtain them.” Their hubris leads them to believe once they are on top, that their continued rise is inevitable. As for Mr. Goldberg, who I sometimes agree with, his own hubris led him to blast, just before the election, Nate Silver, who turned out to be unusually accurate once again. It would be the epitome of self-effacement and lack of hubris for Mr. G to acknowledge it.