There is just something so cool as a convert in seeing your first black smoke. The anticipation mixed with the let down that we don’t yet have a new pope. Also fun is the media freaking out with no way to know about how the voting is going. That they have to wait just like everybody else for the first whiffs of white smoke. It is also nice that the conclave doesn’t have any resemblance to a presidential election. No Cardinal exit polls. No world maps divided up into red and blue countries. No dirty tricksters slashing the Cardinals tires on the way to vote. No reports that Cardinal Arinze and other African cardinals were disenfranchised from being able to vote.
I am just thankful thought that the conclave isn’t in the U.S. You just know the EPA would force them to put scrubbers in the chimneys to prevent any black smoke from going into the atmosphere.