Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) is in hot water today after the Baltimore Sun released a photograph showing the gubernatorial candidate in the middle of a raging underage-drinking party at a vacation home in Delaware. Gansler insisted he was merely there to check in on his 18-year-old son, who was attending the rager, and that breaking up the party was none of his business.

While Gansler's response to the controversy has to pick up a shovel and keep digging, Slate senior editor and New York Times contributor Dan Kois doesn't see what the big deal is, insisting that Maryland's top prosecutor should be hailed as a "sensible" and "smart" parent: