by Victor Davis Hanson, Sept. 29, 2012 –
By Fantasy House I do not mean — or rather only mean — Barack Obama’s La-La land in which Austrians speak Austrian, Hawaii is in Asia, Afghans speak Arabic, the Maldives lie off Argentina, there are seven additional states, servicemen are zombie corpse-men, and Kansas twisters kill 10,000 at a time.
Rather I refer to the fantasies that Obama employs to deal with a very real world he inhabits. The president just told Univision that you “cannot change Washington from the inside.”  In other words, the president just shattered his own four-year fantasy that he, like Lincoln, would take the train  from Illinois to DC, not just to remake America, but also to change the very way things are done there.
Now Obama accepts that the second coming of an Illinois savior has failed, not because he tried to change the ethics of Washington (he never did), but because upon arrival he almost immediately did in Washington what he was used to doing in Chicago. And so lobbying, insider politics to help campaign bundlers, private deals to pass healthcare, the revolving door, and nonstop campaigning all replaced hope and change.