Sympathy for Dan

The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a sympathetic look at what it feels like to be Dan Doctoroff after a rare defeat, something of a break from the glee many of his critics took in the failure of the Olympic bid.

Doctoroff is not, evidently, a guy who likes to fail, or one who has failed often:

Mr. Doctoroff, 47 years old, made his fortune running a private-equity firm. Back then, he had few failures, but they haunted him. One investment in a drugstore chain lost $20 million, and for two years afterward, he couldn’t bring himself to enter any drugstore. “It was too painful,” he says, so he bought his toiletries at supermarkets.