Brown far from an outsider

Soon after winning re-election to the U.S. Senate from Ohio, Democrat Sherrod Brown said he may consider running for president in 2020.

Brown could be appealing to some Democrats, for two reasons. One is obvious: He isn’t Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden or anyone else with a national reputation as members of the party establishment.

Another appeal, and part of the reason Brown won on Nov. 6, is his record of opposing trade agreements that hurt manufacturing workers in Ohio.

In fact, however, Brown is part of the establishment. The Washington Post ranked likely Democrat candidates for president earlier this month. On a list of 15, Brown was No. 7. He has the earned reputation of being among the most liberal of senators.

Much will happen during the next two years. Some potential candidates for president, both Democrat and Republican, will stumble and drop out of the race. It will be interesting to see how Brown develops his campaign.