Like the strange mating ritual of some exotic bird, the effort to legalize slot machines in Maryland continues in a way that seems to involve a lot of wasted motion. It's clear to us that there will be no outraged cry from citizens if slots are legalized, so why not just get on with it?
The best argument in favor of legalization is that slots are already legal in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.
Many Marylanders are already "voting with their feet" and traveling to slot venues in other states. Still, House Speaker Michael Busch insists on making it difficult.
Busch, who has blocked a slots bill for the last two years, now says he'll allow one on the floor if the voters pass a constitutional amendment.
Gov. Robert Ehrlich expressed reservations about that this week, saying that some key pro-slots lawmakers were opposed. If so, it's time for Ehrlich to use his leadership to get them to go along anyway.