"We are a nation of laws, not of men [or women]."
Sometimes I read that as suggesting (above all of its otherwise perfectly clear meanings and import) that we should chose for our leaders those that would faithfully execute the laws, protect the Constitution and adhere to the oath with which he/she assumes his/her office. That we should chose based on ability rather than personality. Meritocracy over all else (I would include within that measure an allocation for consistency with the voter's political viewpoint).
A cult of personality, the electorate should not be. At least when it comes to electing our leaders (I admit will follow Ben Harper almost anywhere to hear one of his sets, but I digress).
Follow me below the fold for my proposed minimum standard.