Now more than a year after his election, after eight years of liberal O'Malley, a clearer picture, supported by a new Baltimore Sun-University of Baltimore poll released over the weekend, is emerging. According to the poll, a whopping 63 percent of Marylanders approve of the job Hogan's doing, even exceeding the job approval ratings for Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski who picked up a 61 percent rating. Remember, for the longest time, Mikulski has been viewed as the most popular of all statewide politicians. O'Malley, meanwhile, is only getting 7 percent of Marylanders to support his bid for president, the poll also showed. Hardly numbers a "favorite son" gets if a candidate expects to take the next political step.