Roughly Speaking podcast: On eve of war, slavery, abolition clashed along Maryland border

Robert De Niro

Road kill whopper

Road kill whopper

Like any good dancer, actor or used car salesman, Gov. Larry Hogan has a "move." It's just a bit more elaborate than a feather step, a raised eyebrow or a pitch for $200 undercoating. His is the "straw man" — a distortion of reality that allows him to vigorously attack, knock down and refute something that doesn't even exist.

First, there was the "rain tax," a requirement that provided the state's largest jurisdictions with the means to meet federally mandated targets to clean up the pollution that rolls down storm drains after it rains or snows. He called for a "repeal," and instead got the law changed so that while the same pollution must be...