What I want to know is, which Democrat was given the thankless — but vital — job of reading Torricelli the riot act, and what, exactly, did they tell him?

At this level of politics, people don’t quit of their own free will. Goldwater had to tell Nixon to resign. LBJ had to stare disaster in the face in Vietnam and New Hampshire before electing not to run for re-election. Not even the Battle of Nations was enough to deter Napoleon. He still required Waterloo and exile in St. Helena before he was really, truly done.

Big offices — big egos. They do not go quietly into that good night. So who delivered the news to the Torch, and how was it delivered?

We may never know, but my guess on who is Bill Clinton. As to how? I’m not sure I want to know. It couldn’t have been a pretty scene.