Martha Coakley, Again

by Andrew Stuttaford

I’d rather hoped that we had heard the last of Martha Coakley when she lost to Scott Brown. Apparently not. Via Reason, here’s this: 

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, along with 18 other Attorneys General, today called on Pabst Brewing Company to stop selling or alter its new malt drink beverage, Blast by Colt 45, because of its high alcohol content and marketing tactics. The drink, known as “binge-in-a-can,” offers the equivalent of five beers in one serving.  The Attorneys General also are concerned that the product is being marketed and packaged in a way that targets underage youth. 

Reason’s Michael Moynihan notes:


 The press release claims that the drink is “known as binge-in-a-can,” though the only reference I can find to this clunky sobriquet  is from …Martha Coakley who, as quoted in the very same press release, moans that “the promotion of this ‘binge-in-a-can’ is aimed at the youngest of drinkers as well as underage youth.”


 Some readers may remember that Ms. Coakley is all about “the children”. As Dorothy Rabinowitz recalled during Coakley’s US Senate campaign:


Attorney General Martha Coakley—who had proven so dedicated a representative of the system that had brought the Amirault family to ruin, and who had fought so relentlessly to preserve their case—has recently expressed her view of this episode. Questioned about the Amiraults in the course of her current race for the U.S. Senate, she told reporters of her firm belief that the evidence against the Amiraults was “formidable” and that she was entirely convinced “those children were abused at day care center by the three defendants.”


What does this say about her candidacy? (Ms. Coakley declined to be interviewed.) If the current attorney general of Massachusetts actually believes, as no serious citizen does, the preposterous charges that caused the Amiraults to be thrown into prison—the butcher knife rape with no blood, the public tree-tying episode, the mutilated squirrel and the rest—that is powerful testimony to the mind and capacities of this aspirant to a Senate seat.

 If Coakley (whose Senate campaign was, incidentally, supported by Barack Obama) had any shred of decency she would retire from public life. Then again…

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