Pope-opera ends

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger takes over as Pope Benedict XVI. Enkidu takes a tour through the previous "Benedicts"... Gay conservative Andrew Sullivan says: "This was a statement as much as a selection...They simply could not have picked a more extreme candidate. And that tells us something important."... Rightwing National Review's The Corner notes -- somewhat indelicately -- that Ratz is "78 years old. Absent a miracle, that argues for a caretaker, a solidifier, perhaps a transitional figure. If he is lucky, Calvin Coolidge. If he is unlucky, Martin Van Buren."... DLC-er Kilgore tells Conservatives to ice the champagne just yet... and Shakespeare's Sister says: "Da New Pope... doesn’t like da faggots. As anyone who’s spent more than five seconds hanging around this joint knows...we likes da faggots, and so we don’t likes da new pope." (Too many to name...)

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