MS. NULAND: But it is, nonetheless, an election with designated balloting and multiple rounds of balloting. But Matt, I could perhaps recommend that the next time they do it, you’re interested in being a monitor? Is that possibly --
QUESTION: Yeah. I’d love that.
MS. NULAND: -- an option? I don’t know if you would meet their standards, right? (Laughter.)
QUESTION: I might not. I might not.
MS. NULAND: Do you --
QUESTION: But I say all this just thinking – I’m just being – and I hope that the Holy See appreciates that I’m just asking because I am a devil’s advocate. So – that’s – so, but you – can you --
MS. NULAND: I think you secretly aspire to some red shoes, maybe.
QUESTION: But, so you don’t – you think the election of the Pope was okay? It meets your – the fairness, free and fairness standard?
MS. NULAND: I don’t think that we have any reason to question the process.
QUESTION: Okay. More generally, what’s your – what does the U.S. think about theocracies?
MS. NULAND: (Laughter.)
QUESTION: No, I’m curious. You seem to think – I mean, and with all due respect, I’m not accusing the Vatican of doing anything improper. But you seem to take issue with theocracies in places like Iran, and yet you celebrate the theocracy in the Vatican.
MS. NULAND: Matt, he is the head of the church. And as you know, the amount of --
QUESTION: And so it’s a private club; it’s different than --
MS. NULAND: It is – he is the head of a church, and we will take it on that basis. I think we’re gone beyond our podium here.
Please, go ahead.