Gov. Larry Hogan has decried the legislature's effort to give Attorney General Brian Frosh the authority to sue the federal government without his permission as a usurpation of his power. No doubt he would like this issue to be about him so he could chuck it onto the pile of conflicts for which he has a well-worn response about Democrats in Annapolis who just can't handle having a Republican governor. But the measure, which won final passage in the House of Delegates today, is not about him. It's not even really about President Donald Trump, although his executive order on immigration and talk of other plans to roll back consumer protections and environmental regulations were the catalysts for the effort. What it is about is an unusual element of state law that prevents a duly elected constitutional officer, the attorney general, from exercising his duties to safeguard the interests of Marylanders in a way that virtually every other attorney general in the nation can.