Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly’s gutsy move calling on UMass President William M. Bulger, brother of the notorious killer Whitey Bulger, to relinquish his post because his decision to defend him leaves the state’s highest ranking education leader without the moral authority to continue on the job—is the talk of the Massachusetts political world.

There isn’t another politician in the state who would dare take on Bulger. Reilly did, giving the Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis the scoop on a story which will intensify as the talk show hosts begin making it part of their regular fare. Bulger is nearing the end of the line.