Well, we all learned that Charlie the expert Baker has a softer side. When asked when was the last time you cried, Baker went all emotional with his tale of crying at the though of the big fisherman who was torn up because federal regulators had put him out of business and in the process ruined the lives of the fisherman who would not let his star-athlete sons accept their football scholarships. How convenient: federal regulation ruins a family’s prospects.
The answer gave Baker a chance to burnish his anti-science credentials. (Overfishing and climate change have nothing to do with the disappearance of cod off Cape Cod in Bakerworld). It also made no sense, as many commentators have noted: if the fisherman told his sons they could not go to college on a full ride who was to blame?
One little other problem: Faker, not to put to fine a point on it, was lying when he said this was the last time he cried given that the said incident occurred five years ago. Alternately, he has a heart of stone and cries every five years: the first time when overcome by genuine emotion and the second time on cue for the cameras when it’s time to dramatize the true cost of government regulation.
Given the obvious deceit, inquiring minds have reason to wonder, which, if any of the details, of the story are true. OK, Charlie Faker probably has met a fisherman who complained about government regulation of fishing, but the detail about the sons and their lost scholarships and prospects has internet rumor written all over it. Baker himself has gotten all truthy begging his friends in the press who have been blowing kisses at him for months not to all of a sudden get tough and find out what actually happened. His latest explanation is telling: “Well, he certainly existed for me….That story, you could find ten more that are just like it.” Charlie Faker is all but admitting that he is lying. Odds of finding a family that matches Faker’s story: 100-1. He’s all but told us that. But we should still vote for Faker—just because.
As for poor boring Martha Coakley, all she could do was give a a real answer about a real person who really died.