First some caveats.
I like Sarah Palin. She is attractive, outdoorsy, and comes from my adopted state of Idaho. Ethically and morally- I think she tries to do the right thing. I certainly don't see her as some sort of genius type nor do I think it takes a genius to be President. In fact, Mr. Obama, allegedly the smartest guy in any room, is a perfect example that intelligence (real or perceived) does not always translate into success. Particularly if that intelligence is misdirected or wasted.
For those that have followed me, I am a recovering independent. I started life as an independent and now am a devout Libertarian. I don't like the Republican Party and I sure as hell can't stand Democrats. I don't get caught up in partisan politics. I am proud to say that I didn't vote for either Obama or McCain. I voted for a guy named Bob Barr.
My problem with Palin is the same problem I have with Obama. Inexperience. Not only do both of these people have shadowy resumes'- they have no proven track record of performance. In fact, I think the two of them are very similar in a number of ways. That Palin resigned as Governor is problematic. I think she has the right to quit- but is that what she does when the going gets tough? What kind of message does that send?
This country is in dire need of a hero. Somebody with a proven track record of accomplishment and success. Somebody with personal courage and project management skills that can take a look at the mess we are in and plot a solution. We certainly don't have that now, and Palin doesn't exactly have the resume' that gets my blood flowing.
People seem to either love or hate Sarah Palin. I have never seen anyone in politics generate that kind of extreme emotion. Rarely do I hear someone say they don't have an opinion about her. At this point, I view Palin as simply a distraction and a non-starter. All things considered, I don't see how she can compete in a climb to the top of any nominating heap. I don't think America has the luxury of time nor can we risk another lost 4 years on a candidate with a suspicious resume or one who generates gridlock every where she goes. I like Sarah but feel certain that the juice simply ain't worth the squeeze.