The Papal Conclave, Peeps-edition

The Papal Conclave starts tomorrow, 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.

Ever wonder how the Cardinals pass the time in the conclave?  We had some ideas:   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.

16 Responses to The Papal Conclave, Peeps-edition

  1. Craig Burley March 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Heartiest applause for a fun piece.

  2. Corrine McConnaughy March 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Wonderful fun! But given the recent crack-down on the tweeting of Cardinals, I wonder if an iPeep will be allowed in the conclave?

  3. Bridget March 12, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    And we don’t want to hear a peep out of the women…We alone hold the truth

  4. James March 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm #


  5. Bernadette March 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    I want one!

  6. rosalind March 13, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    try fitting them into a microwave and see what happens…

  7. Enza Sheehan March 13, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Hi, Writing to you from WHDH, Boston’s NBC station. Can we have permission to use the pictures of your “peepal” conclave? We just love it and think it would be fun to show on the air!

    Enza Sheehan

  8. Joie March 13, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I want to see the new Peep in his Peep mobile!

  9. Heather March 13, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Peeple, peeple…really???

  10. chris pratt March 13, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    And the color of the smoke issss- Yellow? –OH NOOO -THEY’VE KILLED KENNY!

  11. Sandy March 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    One of the most creative things I have seen. I am VERY Catholic & love seeing the great creativity if the Papal Peeps. ONLY WISH I COULD PURCHASE ONE!!!!

  12. Andrea March 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Hope you win the peeps contest!

  13. Max Maltzman March 16, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    (: Funny+ Awesome= Cool!!!!!!

  14. JL March 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I guess the peep elected took the name Dextrose I????

  15. Manuel March 17, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Very funny ayway tommorroe reopen the real Sistine Chapel.

  16. Janie March 28, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Are we all having a Peepal audience? A good laugh just in time for Easter.