Cokie Roberts = idiot
From ABC's This Week:
Voters understand the Constitution. They have a very strong sense of that, inchoately. And that is, they know that the president is not going to determine capital gains taxes.
So they don't vote for President on issues, they vote for President on a gut-check.
"I like that guy", or "I like that guy better than the other guy".Which is why these questions that try to get at "who you are" and "what you care about" matter.
And "I think that the decisions that he [or in this case, maybe she] make in the next four years, I'm going to be more comfortable with than I would be with that other person".
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UPDATE: According to Cokie Roberts' version of the Constitution, the President doesn't have veto power and is therefore unable to affect legislation involving, say, capital gains taxes.
She so deserves to catch some hell for that. Callous and offensive.
I think she is trying to defend her idiot colligue, Stephanopolus.
But more than that. Pundits are like generals who are fighting the last war. Pundits are fighting the last election. I think the Americans have learned their lesson on voting for personality with Bush.
Circling the wagons for a rousing Pity Party.
According to Cokie Roberts' version of the USA, capital gains taxes are of interest to people who are not wealthy and who pay no capital gains taxes.