In the forthcoming presidential election, President Obama will defend his economic record with a simple theory: it would have been worse without me. Yes, well, the electorate’s attention span doesn’t stretch back three years. Their current and more compelling reality: the economy sucks and Obama’s at the switch. By the same token, pols in Obama’s old stomping grounds are sure to argue that this wgntv.com story–“Gun violence continues in Chicago this holiday weekend with at least nine people who have been shot since late Sunday night . . . A total of 25 people were shot in the city from Saturday afternoon to early Sunday morning”—justifies their gun control laws. Even though none of the shooters used a legal weapon. What would it take for the Windy City, and thus Illinois, to wake up to reality?