I don't think most people really care about McCain's VP being qualified. McCain has the qualified thing locked down.
As to McCain dying, I don't think people that support him are very realistic about his mortality.
Look, I don't think McCain is going to die. I do think that its possible. Hell, he could be assasinated by Al'Queda or some lunatic who listens to Rush Limbaugh and is pissed off that the Republican party has abandoned the conservative movement. Its a possibility. Therefore, its possible that this VP recommendation will become President. In order to vote for him, you've gotta be OK with that.
I do think that Dan Quale hurt George Bush Sr. and I do think that Stockton hurt Perot. I'll bet dollars for donuts that Palin carries herself better than either of them did, but its not going to matter. They are going to tear her to shreds.
RE: The election is basically over.