Most of our best Presidents have had not previous government experience. They were by far, mostly farmers. Washington had military experience, as did a few others. Lincoln was a lawyer, who was defeated in runs for office many times.
So what is the yardstick to measure a potential leader of the United States?
It is a combination of average intellect, common sense, and a love for the principles and values on which our nation was built.
It is also the thing that disqualifies President Obama. He has no love for the principles and values that built the United States. Instead, he has a love for Marxism, socialism, and political discord from the community agitator perspective. He is an attorney who has no convictions of purpose, other than to place himself in a position of judging others, without being judged himself. He dislikes that America was built on hard work, because he believes it should be built on equal outcomes and what he and his friends view as "superior" ideas.
Sarah Palin, on the other hand, clearly has a love for the essence of America, and it is that singular quality of understanding, coupled with a forthright honesty and direct assessment that sounds anything but the words of a politician, that makes her so popular.
Is she electable as a President at this time? Probably not. However, she is eminently qualified as a vice president, perhaps more so that John McCain was qualified to be President.
There are very few "powers behind the scene" that want Palin or anyone else to be President, unless you are one of those guys that thinks the Council on Foreign Relations runs the world. Obama was elected because of his race, rather than his ideas, which is a stark contrast to the "dream" of Dr. King.
Palin would be elected because of her common sense approach and winning personality, having led her state to a successful agreement with the oil companies that benefits every Alaska citizen.
What has President Obama done for anyone? It is the difficulty of answering that statement that will make him a one term President.