>>> For all of my hesitations about Obama being a super-politician (not as a compliment),
Its funny, that's why I support Obama. He is skilled enough to beat the Republicans and skilled enough to get things done if elected.
Carter, Gore and Kerry, while good men in their own way did not have the skills required to make a real difference.
Super-politicians Reagan and Clinton did. Though, I know consider Reagan's leadership to be something of a disaster, he was able to enact real change.