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O'Malley's legacy

By the time Gov.-elect Larry Hogan takes office on Wednesday, many words will have been written about the legacy of his predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley. Most of those words, as it turns out, will have been written by Mr. O'Malley himself. During the last two weeks, he has taken to Tumblr to dump reams of musings and data from his two terms in office on the Maryland public. Though the exercise would be easy to lampoon as absurdly excessive navel-gazing, Mr. O'Malley's blog offers some truths about his legacy that are easily overlooked. If we were to encapsulate the basic frustration that seems to underlie the blog, we could do no better than to quote the classic...