2. more virtuous
than WE, the citizens, are.
On the other hand,
We don't have to assume they are deeply evil or dumb as a rock either.
Why don't we give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are pretty much like you and me? No better, no worse.
Their good intentions are no grander or more noble or more worthy than other citizens.
That is a GOOD thing, their job is NOT to impose their moral and intellectual orthodoxy on their constituents, that is not the purpose of government.
Their most important job as public servants is to preserve and protect OUR freedom to lead our lives as WE choose, not as they choose.