Classmates in politics: Sherrod Brown, Leslie Cockburn

Sherrod Brown
Sherrod Brown won his bid for re-election to the US Senate from Ohio, a state that Donald Trump carried by 8 percentage points in 2016. His win was termed by at least one report as a victory by “old time labor liberalism…over Ohio’s rightward drift.” I have no idea whether or not the headline is correct but I find it hard to believe that anybody as young as we are can be “old time” in any way whatsoever.

Leslie Redlich Cockburn
Leslie Redlich Cockburn lost in what was termed a “closely watched Virginia congressional contest” for the district that includes Charlottesville. I certainly watched it, having been a friend of Leslie’s at Yale. While I offer my condolences on her loss, her concession speech reflected only optimism in defeat and pride in her and her supporters’ role in “changing the district.”

Well done to both Leslie and Sherrod for having the courage to continue to participate so visibly in the political process.