TRANQUILITY BASE HERE, THE EGO HAS LANDED: “When President Barack Obama stepped off the stage in Denver last week the 60 million Americans watching the debate against Mitt Romney already knew it had been a disaster for him,” Toby Harnden writes in the London Daily Mail. “But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won.”

And note this, later in the same article:

Obama also decided to take a break to visit the Hoover Dam. ‘Its spectacular, and I’ve never seen it before,’ he told reporters during the visit, which came about because an aide had mentioned the dam was nearby. I said, ‘Well, we’ve got to go check it out”.’

Talk about two administrations in one, or as Joel Kotkin noted in late 2010 in the Politico:

When FDR commissioned projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, he literally brought light to darkened regions. The loyalty created by FDR and Truman built a base of support for liberalism that lasted for nearly a half-century.

Today’s liberals don’t show enthusiasm for airports or dams — or anything that may kick up some dirt. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Deanna Archuleta, for example, promised a Las Vegas audience: “You will never see another federal dam.”

The Obama administration is as for-gainst dam building as its parent company, MSNBC.

RELATED: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” — or to put it another way, “You know, I actually believe my own bullsh*t.”