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Man Puts Party, Country Above Vanity

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I’m pleased, although not surprised, that one of America’s most valuable senators is doing the right thing:

Two days after saying he could win the presidency, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will not seek the White House next year.

The Ohio Democrat, who won a third term in the Senate last November, made the announcement on a conference call with a small group of mostly Ohio reporters. He said he made the decision Wednesday.

Just last week he finished a four–state “Dignity of Work” tour in which he went to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, meeting with voters and emphasizing what has become his theme: That the U.S. government must do more to respect and appreciate the value of the U.S. worker.

But Brown said he’s satisfied that message will be picked up other Democrats who have decided to pursue the presidency; he said his main goal in exploring running in the four early voting states was to spread the message of the dignity of work.

“I fight best when I bring joy to the battle,” he said. “I find that joy fighting for Ohio in the Senate.”

Brown running for president in 2020 is a great idea — if you think a Democratic president signing no major legislation and getting no federal appellate judges confirmed is a great outcome. For people who actually value substantive accomplishments, giving away a Senate seat in a map that already favors the GOP until at least 2022 and likely for far longer in exchange for benefits that are marginal and purely speculative, would be insane. Good for Brown for recognizing this.

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