If my name were Rat Zinger I'd want to change it to Benedict too. Think how long he's had to wait for the chance, poor man.
But, is he a good choice? It all depends. To short sighted fundamentalist Protestants he looks good, but he's going to go after them like rats he wants to zing out of their influence on American Catholics.
Republicans may think he will help them in their next election bid, as he may. But, will that be overkill for a population tiring of concessions to the religious Far Right, and not even under-the-table financial rewards for the "faith based initiatives" giveaway. There's a reason for separation of church and state in the USA, it's supposed to prevent a billion dollars going into the hands of religious leaders who will lobby in the pulpit and on TV for the presidential candidate who gave them the money and, they hope, will do it again if they help elect him.
Unfortunately, Benedict isn't likely to be beneficial for women and their starving over produced offspring, nor to those who would like something more substantial than the good will of their wayward husbands to protect them from AIDS/HIV.
So, all in all, I think he's not a good deal for most people.
On the other hand, if you don't like the Catholic church, then he's probably a good thing, because he's bound to take it further down the road of decline it has been on for some time. As I saw Benedict make his appearance on the balcony for the first time as Pope, with all the people stretched out before him I was struck by how far the Roman church has come from its origins, and how poorly Jesus would fit in. And, then I realized that I was looking at an ancient pageant and ritual, the presentation of a new Roman Emperor.
The world has moved on out of the Ancient world and Middle Ages, but the papacy hasn't. We all thought it was off to a great catch up era when John 23 came on the scene. But, no, it's backwards again, to the past. Maybe next time.
Meanwhile, women and children will die from hunger and poverty and HIV/AIDS because mothers have to produce more children than they can feed and care for, and must have unprotected sex, because to limit conception by using a condom is sin.
I wonder which is the greatest sin, using condoms, being a hidebound, stuck in the past Pope, or electing another one.