“Anyone who tells you they aren’t surprised is lying.”
That is what then Congressman Chris Cox told me on the KCET television set on election night 1994 when the GOP, led by Newt Gingrich, seized the House majority.
That was very early in my broadcast career, but in the 20 years since I don’t think I have seen so many people as surprised as by Wednesday’s announcement of the election of Pope Francis.
The election of Pope Francis will be discussed for, well, decades and even centuries.
I was able to talk on air with four individuals within two hours of "Habemus Papam" being pronounced:
Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological seminary --the transcript is here.
In each case the surprise that these very serious men felt comes through, and the honest commentators and journalists will own their shock.
As the world’s media scrambled to put together a profile of the new pope, only two “mini-profiles” were quickly available.
John L. Allen of the National Catholic Reporter had filed one on March 3rd, an obligatory nod towards the man who had allegedly received 40 votes in the last conclave.