A more trenchant observation is that Mr. O'Malley got credit (or blame, depending on your point of view) for a lot of initiatives that weren't really his. To be sure, he deserves full credit for some major legislation, particularly Maryland's new gun control law and many of the recent environmental initiatives, as well as spending and taxation decisions that have maintained support for K-12 education and held down college tuition. But proposals for a Maryland Dream Act had been kicking around long before he got involved. He was by no means in the vanguard of the fight for marriage equality — in fact, he opposed it until relatively late in his governorship. The Baltimore schools construction plan was the product of extensive work by others, as was this year's minimum wage increase. He was even resigned to giving up on his long standing priority of repealing the death penalty until then-NAACP President Ben Jealous put it back on the agenda last year.