Personality and, hopefully, whiffs of scandal trump everything.
All that stuff about beliefs and records? They'll mention it in passing:
Capuano has compiled one of the more liberal voting records on Capitol Hill. He voted against the authorization to invade Iraq, opposed the Patriot Act, and is opposed to the death penalty. He has also been a consistent supporter of abortion rights, gay marriage, and tenants rights. [--Michael Rezendes]But it's not important to the rest of the infotainment.