We get you are a conservative, but please respect the intelligene of the people here enough not to trot out over used and invalid talking points. You may not agree with Obama, but he had more experience in public office than HRC did. As a professor of Constitutional law he certainly had a better educational background.
Sarah Palin's problem is that she never grew up out of that HS basketball player the Barracuda. She was reactionary, devisive, dismissive, incurious, and substituted ideology for fact. She is not someone who ever would have been elected into the position of POTUS in 2012 and likely not in 2016 because she was in the tank with independents and moderates.
As much as people like to talk about firing up the base, the base is not enough on either side to get elected to national office. The GOP and their pundits torpedoed their own party in a spectacular DNC style. They rag on and dismiss McCain when he was the "maverick" the only person who had a national presence and disagreed vocally with Bush on a number of occasions. He was the only one who had a real chance of pulling in the moderates and independents, at least until the base led by Rush and others started lambasting him. His run to the right seemed disengenious to the Arch conservatives and made him unpalatable to the middle.
The left accuse Obama of having betrayed his progressive principles, the right calls him a socialist, which in my book means he is probably more or less about where he should be, in the middle with most of the nation (I will certainly give you he is a bit left of center but then again most credible polls I've seen seem to indicate so is America minus "wedge" issues).
It was more of an attempt to be funny than a serious criticism, and it was certainly not intended to insult anyone's intelligence. The reason why I post in the Off-Topic Section is that I find everyone here to be very intelligent, which makes posting worth the effort. Trust me, I am anything but an ideologue shouting the party line from a mountaintop.
Ultimately, the American people decide who is experienced enough to be President, and overwhelmingly, to my great dismay, they chose Obama. I don't like Obama, and more often than not he scares me with his liberalism. But he did get elected President, and I'm stuck waiting for the GOP to provide a savior. All indications now point that Sarah Palin will not be that savior.
I disagree with you about the importance of firing up the base. You're right that firing up the base doesn't get you enough votes to successfully govern, and I'll set to the side the argument that George W. Bush won enough votes to be elected with his base alone. ;-) However, modern election campaigns need millions upon millions of dollars to run, and that's money that's generally provided by the base, not by moderates.
I probably wouldn't vote for Sarah Palin in a primary election, but its still sad to see her go, because many people loved her. The GOP needs more of that.