Like "Transparent". McCain and the Repugs are trying to play to the disaffected Hillary loyalists. It won't work. Sarah Palin is no Hilary Clinton. Once again I have to ask: do they really think the American public is that stupid?
Maybe what she is is a younger model. Ten years younger than the current Mrs. McCain, who was fifteen years (or so) younger than the previous Mrs. McCain. Is it possible...? Nahhh. Still, I'm betting McCain is upset that Paris and Britney never decided to go for a ride on the Straight Talk Express.
Population alone doesn't tell much about ability to govern. But it is amusing that McCain chose his running mate from the state with the third-lowest population, since George W. Bush's bosom buddy Dick Cheney hails from Wyoming, the least populous state in the union. (Vermont is in the #49 spot.) And a state with a population less than one-quarter that of the city of Chicago.
As for qualifications - feh. I'll let others go over that, or you can look her record up yourselves. I am reminded of George H.W. Bush's selection of Dan Quayle as his running mate. Well, she sure as hell isn't that unqualified. Still, if McCain takes a header off the platform just as the words "So help me God" pass through his lips, beating William Henry Harrison's record for shortest Presidency by 31 days, will Sarah Palin be ready to lead?
I think the answer is pretty obviously Hell, No.