CNN's Yellin : 'Angry and Scared' People Caused Scott Brown's Rise
On Monday's AC360, CNN's Jessica Yellin spun the rise of Republican
candidate Scott Brown as coming from "folks here in Massachusetts [who]
are feeling angry and scared. They're angry and scared about the
economy, about jobs...and especially in this state, about health-care
reform....[Brown] has tapped into that fear and sold himself
essentially as a man of the people who will fight big government"
[audio clip from the segment available here].
Anchor Anderson Cooper, reporting on location from Haiti, brought on Yellin 41 minutes into the 10 pm Eastern hour of his program to discuss the potential effect of the Massachusetts special election on the Democrats' push for ObamaCare. He addressed the liberal conventional wisdom on the senate race in his first question to the CNN national political correspondent: "Jessica, you have a well-known, well-funded Democrat in Massachusetts, running to fill the seat held for nearly half a century by Ted Kennedy. At first glance, you'd assume she'd win that with a walk. What's happened?"
Yellin pinpointed the apparent cause of Martha Coakley's (the "well-known, well-funded Democrat") difficulty as coming from voter discontent: