PRINCE GEORGE's County Executive Parris Glendening now knows what it is like to pique the petty parochialism of Blair Lee IV, Montgomery County's premier Baltimore-basher.
It happened like this: Several months ago, Mr. Glendening had the temerity to advocate the merger of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland at Baltimore on the theory that this would strengthen the UM system and the flagship campus on his own home turf at College Park.
Never mind that the UM board of regents unanimously endorsed the idea. Never mind that UMCP president Brit Kirwan gives merger lip-service. To Mr. Lee's glee, Senate President Mike Miller, a College Park alum and political rival of Mr. Glendening, fought and beat it during the recent General Assembly session.