Another thing this flap between Messrs. Brown and Hogan underscores is the extent to which much of the discussion in this race is utterly unilluminating or even misleading for voters. Mr. Hogan has not really identified $1.75 billion in waste, fraud and abuse by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, but it sounds good, so he's sticking with it. Mr. Brown has not really caught Mr. Hogan in a promise to cut school construction, but it sounds better than catching him in some sloppiness, so he's repeating it. Mr. Hogan's views on abortion are nuanced — he's personally opposed to it but would not seek to change Maryland law — but it sounds better to say he wants to ban it even in cases of rape or incest, so that's what Mr. Brown is doing, even if he has to rely on 34-year-old newspaper articles to back up the charge. Have Governor O'Malley and Mr. Brown really raised taxes 40 times in a row, as Mr. Hogan says? No. Many of the items on Mr. Hogan's list are fees for things like fishing licenses and vanity license plates, and others are taxes that were repealed or are no longer in effect. How he considers automated enforcement of speed limits to be a "tax" is a mystery, but 40 is his number, and he's shouting it every chance he gets.