He won on the fourth ballot. Ratzinger is a former member of the Nazi youth and supported the Franco regime in Spain. Could there be a more conservative person to choose for Pope, that's unlikely. Ratzinger was and is very opposed to condom distribution, women clergy or deacons and gays.
Are any of you surprised?
"The patience is hard, being charitable to those in power that condemn you is not easy and sometimes not possible. Too many gay people are being hurt by religion. Many have died due to the Church’s teaching. Many have been denied their soul." - from The Pope and Cliff
More thoughtful reflection later... 'tis another sad day for those in Africa dealing with AIDS, for women and queers everywhere.