For Cloud and I it was hardly a surprise: I had long been saying that el Benedictus had been in charge in all but name for the last five years. Moreover, all the talk that he was too controversial and had made too many enemies to be elected was hogwash. As Cloud commented, "that just means he knows where all the bodies are buried (and that could be literal)". He might be the oldest Pope for 275 years, but that doesn't mean he is only a stop-gap. It's a reaffirmation of the confrontational conservative stance taken by the church in the last two decades.
Ratzinger wasn't the Grand Inquisitor for nothing!