With the startling announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning (the first voluntary papal abdication in over half a millennium) due to “frailty,” I guess the only appropriate song is Tom Lehrer performing “Vatican Rag” in 1967.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.