Larry Hogan, the Republican candidate for governor, smartly focuses his campaign messaging on the need to give the Maryland economy a lift. It's not an original idea, and certainly de rigueur for any Republican in any election year. But as he builds a case for placing a pro-business businessman in the governor's office, Hogan makes Maryland sound like a fetid economic backwater.
So much so he's in danger of bumming out the people he should be firing up.
"Unemployment nearly doubled …"
That's one of Hogan's standard lines. And he's correct. When Martin O'Malley and Anthony Brown took office in January 2007 as governor and lieutenant governor, the...