We acknowledge that there's more to being mayor than going out in public and rallying the city, and that Ms. Rawlings-Blake has brought real skill and determination to problems for which she will never get much credit, like reforming municipal pensions and reducing employee health care costs. But the city was in crisis when rioters took to the streets on April 27, and it has been in crisis during the spate of violence that has followed. We need the mayor to rise to the occasion, not to talk about the "tremendous personal sacrifice" that the job entails. We understand that she doesn't think all the criticism she has faced is fair. Not all of it is, but that goes with the job. If it is too much for her, there are plenty of others who would be willing to take on that responsibility. The way things are going, we suspect we'll be hearing quite a lot from them before next year's election.