Seriously, folks, more than 90 percent of life is showing up. Voters in the 11th District essentially hired Cardin the Younger to at least show up, which he failed to do 75 percent of the time. And when he was there, his record has been described, somewhat charitably, as lackluster. I'd use the word abysmal. Shortly after he was elected to the House of Delegates, a fellow reporter of mine at the newspaper where I worked interviewed him about his plans, and among them was getting an Amber Alert law for Maryland. Which would be nice — if we hadn't already had one. The pity was that several more qualified candidates ran for that office, people with long records of accomplishment in Democratic politics in Maryland. People without a famous last name. But there's nothing to be done about that. There is, however, something to be done now.