Now that we have seen Ms. Townsend come out from behind the shadow of Parris Good Riddance Glendening, we see that we were hasty to judge her. Though her marblemouth pronouncements have occasionally reminded us of the White House incumbent, she has come through this election process with her dignity intact, and with a platform we can commend as reasonable, balanced, and intelligent—descriptors that cannot be applied to the halfbaked pronouncements of Mr. Ehrlich.
If Ms. Townsend loses to Mr. Ehrlich, it will be in no small part due to the Ehrlich advertising campaigns assertion that the Glendening-Townsend administration has mishandled state revenues. This is not the case. Marylands current budget deficit comes primarily from having lost tax revenue due to the economic downturn—not from mismanagement. In fact, Marylands economic downturn is not nearly as severe as that in most states—a fact for which the current administration can take at least partial credit.