Gov. Martin O’ Malley (left) with former President Bill Clinton talking with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown at the rally on Oct. 21, 2010. ( Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley seemed quite pleased with the results of a poll that put him only 75 points (!) behind Hillary Rodham Clinton. And a little dubious.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, presidential hopeful O’Malley beat back conventional wisdom that Clinton has sealed the Democratic nomination for president.

[O’Malley questions Clinton’s inevitability on ‘Morning Joe’]

He was shown a recent poll that had 86 percent of Democratic voters supporting Clinton in the primary, compared with 11 percent who liked O’Malley.

“Am I really up to 11 percent?” O’Malley joked. “Who did this poll? Was this my mom?”

Such optimism is to be admired. Especially after our colleague Dana Milbank wrote that O’Malley is “campaigning as if he’s running to be Clinton’s EPA administrator or her OMB director.”

O’Malley’s quip is our quote of the week. But fellow Marylander, retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski came in a close second when she told The New York Times that of course she uses e-mail. “I’m modern, I’m contemporary, I’m hot, I’m hip,” the 78-year-old said.

There’s something in the water in the Old Line State.