“I know that campaigns can seem small and even silly,” President Obama said last night in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. “Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me—so am I.”

The line got a loud chorus of laughs. But we citizens of Illinois are being deprived of the chance to grow weary of the presidential candidates’ ads, because we’re not a swing state. The Cubs have a better shot of winning the National League next season than Mitt Romney has of winning Illinois in November. OK, that may be a stretch. But Obama led Romney 55 percent to 29 percent in a Crain’s/Ipsos Illinois poll in late August.