“On trade, Obama's loss is Sherrod Brown's gain.”

So proclaims the headline of this National Journal story, which says the liberal senator from Cleveland “played a key role in lobbying his fellow Democrats against the fast-track bill, despite the White House's efforts.”

Typical is this anecdote that begins the piece:

Sen. Christopher Coons sat with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office last week for an hour, and met with him again Monday. But in the end, it was another Democrat who closed the deal with Coons on a high-stakes trade bill: Sen. Sherrod Brown.

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