And the New Pope is...
"The new Pope is a South American, the first non-European in centuries — but not one anyone saw coming. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina has become Pope Francis I. This name has a lot of meaning for Catholics — Francis of Assisi was credited with reforming the Catholic Church in the 13th century through humility, simplicity, and works of charity. However, Bergoglio is 76 years old, an interesting choice," Ed Morrissey writes from Rome, where he's been covering the Vatican's election of a new Pope. Click over to his post at Hot Air (and white smoke) for much more.
More: Buzzfeed wastes no time Bensmithing the new Pope. And "NBC's Russert Lectures New Pope In Blog Post Just Minutes After Advising People to Leave Politics Aside for a While."
But then, NBC already has its own in-house religious avatar, who is viewed in the mind of MSNBC President Phil Griffin, as he told NPR in 2011, as being "smart. He’s entertaining. He’s experienced. He’s thoughtful. He’s provocative, all the things I think that MSNBC is."