Defeat comes in many flavors, some far more bitter than others.
The state’s highest court handed Attorney General Martha Coakley the first of two high-profile legal setbacks this week, ruling Tuesday that she erred in keeping a repeal of the Massachusetts casino law off the November ballot.
Coakley got a lashing. Her gubernatorial foes piled on. Columnists were unkind.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a Massachusetts law creating buffer zones around the state’s abortion clinics. But the reaction, this time, was far more muted.
“This isn’t a loss for Martha Coakley; it’s a loss for women,” said opponent Donald Berwick.
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