If Menino's not really running things, who is? Dot Joyce? Devoted wife Angela? Dapper O'Neil weighing in from The Great Beyond?
But Menino gets away with this disappearing act because no one wants to get caught crassly speculating about his health should the irrepressible mayor come back 150 percent - like Glenn Close shooting out of the "Fatal Attraction" bathtub.
'Even Ronald Reagan posed in his pajamas after being shot'