You know, the Republican Establishment, desperate to stop Cruz and Paul, says the next Republican nominee should be a governor.
Hmmmm...Sarah was a governor.
Yeah, but she quit, rather than allow herself to be bankrupted and her political future in tatters. She was supposed to stand there and get destroyed, damnit!
Governors DO make more effective Presidents. Reagan, Clinton, FDR...arguably three of the most effective (not necessarily GOOD) guys in office—the executive experience of running a state translates well into the executive federal branch.
Legislators are more on the outside of the executive arena.
They don’t, USUALLY make effective Presidents.
One exception: the unsung President Polk, who was ONCE Speaker of the House (the only former SoH to become President, by the way)....
But generally speaking, men who have only been legislators are not very strong Presidents.
Of course, perhaps in this day, we do not want a strong executive branch.