Take it, Carl:
So, let's summarize so far:
• Benedict doesn't realize he is pope. This is because Germans, especially German academics (as opposed to American academics), have a hard time comprehending that they were actually elected pope. Whether this is due to excessive stupidity or humility is not clear.
• Benedict doesn't have "street smarts," which is to say, I'm guessing, that he never was the editor of America magazine.
• He's not political enough, and is too "theologically oriented." And when it comes to the spiritual leadership of a billion Christians, that simply won't do.
• He's not John Paul II. And we know that everyone — and I mean everyone — loved everything that John Paul II ever said or did. I dare you to find proof to the contrary.