Man, if he wins the primary, the country will get an education in Chicago politics, which are different than politics anywhere else (vote early, vote often!). That's really the only "baggage" this man has that he hasn't publically and honestly admitted to himself, and he hasn't necessarily done anything scandalous...but I would imagine just being in politics in Chicago is a liability.
But, I like the fact that he's open and up-front. Maybe it's just because I've met him, but he just seems more HUMAN than anyone else out there. We're fallible, and he doesn't try to hide his mistakes. He's also an excellent public speaker, and after 4 years with President Cantstringasentencetogether, I'm almost ready to vote for him on account of that! In terms of politics, I'm closer to Kucinich, but Obama's politics don't disgust me, and he's kind of our hometown boy here. He's EXTREMELY popular in Chicago. His wife and kids are great.