(H/T Charlie Hoffman for the least effective portion of this article.)
In case there are those of you out there whose memory has been dimmed by the passage of time, there’s a reason that Pressler had a bad reputation when he was out in Washington before. And it’s well documented, in case you need to refresh your memory:
Yes, That would be Larry Pressler being rated as “Least Effective.” And here’s another article touching on the same topic:
Here’s another gem from Jack Anderson in 1986, whom I get the distinct feeling was not overly impressed with Pressler’s performance over the years:
Pressler watchers have been fascinated by his constantly changing hair. The dashing young solon “has changed hair color more often than George Bush changes watchbands.”
But, we don’t have to just focus on how awful his performance was while in the US Senate. BONUS AWFULNESS: He was equally as awful when he was out of it.
For example, In 2004, he was part of an invitational committee for reverend Sun Myung Moon, where Pressler was part of the invitational committee to “crown” the self-declared messiah in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Controversial Korean evangelist and self-declared messiah Sun Myung Moon received a “Crown of Peace” at a March 23 ceremony that took place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., and was promoted by members of Congress.
Wearing flowing robes reminiscent of Middle Ages kingly attire, Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han, had golden crowns placed on their heads during the ceremony, which was attended by a U.S. senator and several members of the House of Representatives.
It was clear that Moon followers viewed the coronation ceremony as more than just an award. On Moon’s Family Federation for World Peace and Unification website a few days later, top Moon official Chung Hwan Kwak was quoted as saying, “So in effect, the crowning means America is saying to Father, ‘Please become my king.'”
Observed Kwak, “The ‘outside’ view of the Capitol Hill event was that Father received a crown, an award for his years of dedication and leadership in reconciliation and peace-making. The ‘inside’ view of the event was that America surrendered to True Parents in the king’s position.”
The event was sponsored by the Interreligious and International Peace Council, a Moon front group that claims to build bridges between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In reality, critics say the organization pursues Moon’s longstanding dream of merging religion and government under his authority.
Moon’s group was able to get access to the Senate building thanks to an influential friend: U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), who attended the event. Also attending were six members of the House of Representatives: Reps. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.), Christopher B. Cannon (R-Utah), Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Harold E. Ford (D-Tenn.) and Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-Ga.).
The House members were listed as “Congressional Co-Chairs” of the event on invitations. “Invitational Committee” members included U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), U.S. Rep. Phillip M. Crane (R-Ill.), U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-Va.) and U.S. Rep. Eddie B. Johnson (D-Texas).
During his remarks at the Senate ceremony, Moon claimed that dead world leaders have endorsed him from the “spirit world.”
“[M]any other leaders in the spirit world, including even Communist leaders such as Marx and Lenin, who committed all manner of barbarity and murders on earth, and dictators such as Hitler and Stalin, have found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons,” Moon told the crowd.
Yes. Reverend Moon was quite pleased he was given a coronation as “King of America” in a US Senate building invited (in part) by Larry Pressler.
I’m sure South Dakotans just can’t wait to send him back for more.