When i've tried to install docutils (via emerge docutils) emerge will crash because setuptools are not installed.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. make sure that you've unmerged setuptools and docutils
2. try to emerge docutils
Error complaining about lack of docutils
It should install docutils and required dependency (setuptools in this case)
Created attachment 199113 [details]
Log from emerge
Emm i've made a "typo" there, actualy result should be: Error complaining about lack of setuptools.
# grep ^DEPEND= dev-python/docutils/docutils-0.4-r3.ebuild
I got the same result from grep on my local machine as you, but still for some reason docutils is not installing setuptools.
Maybe your dev-python/setuptools is broken or it's installed for different Python version.
If you recently switched Python version, run python-updater.