But let’s say you still believe Ossoff is more akin to those Blue Dog ex-congressmen — who, as Yglesias documents, were very different from Ossoff in that they ran on (in Barrow’s case) opposing cap and trade and Obamacare, voting for actual spending cuts rather than offering “generic aspirations for less waste,” and being endorsed by the National Rifle Association; and (in Marshall’s case) “an immigration ad that looks like something Donald Trump could have cut.” What impact did their stances have on the Democratic majority in the House? What sort of “moderating” influence did their stances have on Pelosi and Obama?
That’s easy: none whatsoever. Congressional Democrats still passed a health law 6th District voters didn’t like, ran up budget deficits 6th District voters didn’t like, and so on. Even if you believe Ossoff truly is a moderate, he could be counted on to have an equally small impact on a party that has only moved further left despite watching hundreds of Democrats lose office at the state and federal levels during the Obama era.
Maybe that’s reassuring to those out-of-state liberals who made more than 97 percent of the contributions Ossoff’s campaign recently reported (which, astonishingly, was an even higher proportion than the 95 percent from his earlier reports). But it’s the exact opposite of the narrative Ossoff is using to woo 6th District voters.