White smoke — what's that smell

New pope selected. Cardinal Ratzinger who will go by Benedict XVI.

Backstory: He’s a German who was in Hitler Youth and the Nazi army, but deserted in 44.

The blogosphere is debating the news: He’s not really a Nazior is he? But unarguably right-wing: anti-gay, squasher of liberation theology in Central America, oddly unperturbed by pedophilia. And was a leader in the baring of communion for pro-choice politicians during last year’s presidential campaign, possibly causing Kerry to lose enough Caltholic voters to tip the election to Bush. So, bottom line, not much chance of returning to Vatican II anytime soon.

The bright side: he’s 78.