The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it, or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
And so this is the situation we find: a succession of Galactic Presidents who so much enjoy the fun and palaver of being in power that they very rarely notice that they're not.
And somewhere in the shadows behind them—who?
Who can possibly rule if no one who wants to do it can be allowed to?
—Douglas Adams, Chapter 28, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe