The Papal Conclave started today, with 115 cardinals flocking to the Sistine Chapel. Faithful readers of the Monkey Cage are familiar with political science treatments of Papal elections: here, here, here and here. Now, just in time for balloting in both the Sistine Chapel and the Washington Post Peeps Contest, you might enjoy this Binder-Maltzman (not Forrest) Peeps edition of the Papal Conclave, aka the Peepal Conclave. (Warning: This birds-eye view is still under peep/peer review.)
We outfitted 117* chick Peeps in red felt cardinal suits and cooped them up in a home-made replica of the Sistine Chapel. (H/t Michelangelo.) The blue guy keeping tabs on the proceedings? The Pope’s Peeping Butler is back on the job.
The Cardinal Peeps are baking a pizza in the papal stove, sipping espresso, eating gelato, scanning an iPeep, and reading Washington Post stories about the Pope. Unfortunately, Eggs Benedict proved a bit difficult to mold out of clay. (H/t to my GW lunch-room colleagues and Peep-contest pals who helped to hatch the details.)
*The diorama includes two extra
birds Cardinals since the Washington Post Peeps Contest entry deadline fell before two papabili dropped out of the Conclave. Birds of a feather don’t always flock together.