I didn't get the job. But it did go to a woman, and she is definitely the best qualified for the position. People have been talking about this position as "B—'s job" ever since it was first advertised. And the short-term one has been offered to another woman, who is also a good fit.
I guess I have to stop hoping for his support and just get on and do things on my own. As I have been. But it's exhausting.