On Thursday night, Bill Richardson of New Mexico - prompted by a concern that the upcoming Democratic convention may become bloodied - put in a perfunctory call to Hillary Clinton.
"Let me tell you, we've had better conversations," the Governor disclosed to anyone within earshot.
Apparently, after some tense chit-chat on the line, he broke the upsetting news to the former first lady, that he was giving the nod to her rival - Barack Obama.
Although voters were not privy to the conversation on the line that fateful night, it sure would have been intriguing to have been a fly on the wall, listening in!
"It was cordial, but a little overheated," asserted Richardson.
Maybe, the dialogue went something like this,
"The thanks I get. I helped elevate you to the national stage by naming you energy secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations - and look what I get in return - a slap in the face!"
Typical of a Clinton strategist, and no doubt still licking from the wounds, Mark Penn opined about the endorsement in its wake,
"The timing when it could have been effective has long since passed."
Then, why the fiery exchange on Thursday evening?
When the dialogue was over, Richardson not only went on to publicly criticize the tone of Clinton's campaign, but cited it as grounds for retreat from the Clinton camp.
Maybe it was also the tone of her voice, the night before?
While it is being reported in the press that the Clinton's are being philosophical about the unfortunate turn of political events (damage control!), supporters have not been particularly kind to Mr. Richardson.
A case in point, James Carvell. An adviser to Mrs. Clinton (and pal of Bill), he was allegedly livid.
"An act of betrayal," Carvell snorted.
"Mr. Richardson's endorsement came around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate," hissed Carvell, according to the New York Times.
Such a drama Queen!
Some say, the ballsy move by the Governor may trigger super delegates to step forward, and fall into line - behind Obama.
So, as the intrigues unfold, we are left to ponder...
If this was one of those late night calls that Hillary Clinton was referring to on the campaign trail - then clearly, in the hour of crisis - she was unable to weather the eye of the storm.
Richardson hints to Hillary - "get along little doggie"...