City Councilman and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 5,000), before serving less than two years as governor of Alaska. You gotta be kidding me!
McCain's decision to select a woman for VP is a transparent attempt to court some of Hillary's supporters, many of whom are not liberal, and being sore about their candidate's loss, are attracted to McCain as a perceived moderate. However, the VP may become the President, and Palin, having absolutely no foreign policy experience, is totally unqualified to be the President of the United States. This will be quickly apparent to everybody and it will blow up in McCain's face. It will destroy his candidacy, and unfortunately it will be a serious pock mark on Palin's here-to-fore admirable political career.
Obama and Biden are your new President and VP.
This election is over.
I don't think most people really care about McCain's VP being qualified. McCain has the qualified thing locked down. All that matters is her gender, which makes McCain's campaign appear socially progressive instead of dinosaur reactionary and all it takes is something scary to happen between now and election time and McCain will carry the day. Bush is more than capable of arranging that.
As to McCain dying, I don't think people that support him are very realistic about his mortality.
RE: The election is basically over.