Would you want to send back the “Least Effective Senator?” Or one who crowned Sun Myung Moon?

(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:

LarryPressRelease“His contributions to the legislative process were nonexistent….”  Not exactly a bell-ringer when he was there before, was he?

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.

Read it here.

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.

41 Replies to “Would you want to send back the “Least Effective Senator?” Or one who crowned Sun Myung Moon?”

  1. Jammer

    Larry Pressler is the poster child for why the Republican Party needs a little bit of quality control when it comes to their candidates. Clowns like this should never see the light of day let alone make it past a primary election.

  2. Demosthenes

    That is insane. Pressler is either a fool or a committed pagan. To perform such a ceremony in a federal building and to have it be presided over by our representatives in government is without excuse.

  3. Choke me!

    The irony of the dregs of moderates complaining about the dregs of moderates? Enough to choke an earthworm!

    Pressler of 20 years ago? Is the Rounds of today, except Pressler didn’t take the corrupt$$$$.

  4. Anne Beal

    We’ll obviously the “dead world leaders” are giving Larry a lot of advice from the “spirit world.” Maybe he’s even been endorsed by some of them. So how is Elvis, and has Larry talked to him lately?

  5. Roger Meyer

    Let us in considering the ego not forget the ill-fated run for President in 1980. While working for Sen. Boschwitz of Minnesota at the time, we were all called to the Caucus Room to watch Larry announce. It was considered a joke by all the staffers on the Hall. I think the run lasted less than a month as we all know who won the nomination and the Presidency that year. Just as then today it is the ego running and it can not be contained even in South Dakota.

  6. Anon

    Why did we elect him for five terms? Are we that stupid? Larry can keep all his telecommunications money, and mike can keep his insurance money. I’ll vote for Rick.

    1. Anonymous

      I was too young to vote and note in South Dakota at the time, so I can’t take any “credit” for getting him in. But remember, Daschle and Johnson were both in for quite a while, so even South Dakota makes mistakes that they stick with.

  7. William Beal

    Larry may not be counting on voters being “stupid,” but he’s definitely counting on older voters fading memories and that anyone under 40 doesn’t remember his time in office, at all.

    1. Anonymous

      I think some of it is nostalgia and, yes, forgetfulness of how awful Larry really was and currently is. Instead of getting better with age, he has acquired the mold of progressivism.

    2. Anonymous

      He’s counting on voters to think that his previous time in the senate will give him seniority; however, as I understand it, this would only work if he were with one of the major parties. As an independent (ha, ha) he wouldn’t really have any advantage over someone new. Sorry, Larry, your (cough) experience and seniority don’t matter much as you were not and would not be a good senator. South Dakota doesn’t need another terrible D.C. hack “representing” us, so please go away and back to D.C. where you fit in with the power-pushers and elitists.

      1. Jammer

        Pressler’s seniority makes him eligible for the senior discount at Denny’s and that’s about all it does for him.

  8. Jim

    This Pressler situation does not surprise me. My gut has been telling me for months that this could happen. I believe that Rounds had better find some real passion about why he wants to go to the Senate or he might not get there at all. Pressler is taking concrete stands on issues and its paying off for him so far.

    Attacking Pressler now may not work that well and Weiland’s camp will keep Rounds on the defensive for the next several weeks anyway. Dangerous situation. Predictable but real dangerous.

    1. Anonymous

      rounds just has to stay the course. weiland’s the one that can’t let pressler take too much of his pie slice.

  9. duggersd

    I believe Pressler was elected in the first place because he was a fresh face in SD politics. I used to call him Larry Fencepost because he seemed to always wait until he could see which way the wind was blowing before he would take a stand. This is not to say I did not vote for him. I voted for him because even though he was not particularly effective, his was a vote I could count on to not do any harm. If I recall correctly, his biggest piece of legislation had to deal with phone companies.

  10. Joe Dirt

    I read the Rapid City inquirer this morning. Somebody ought to tell those guys that there’s a helluva game going on….they don’t need to just post the demos press releases.

    I don’t subscribe to any SD newspapers. Now I recall the reason.

  11. Old Guard

    These old articles are hilarious.

    Among the best is when Nelson describes the Wall Street Journal’s “serious work of the House.” My, how times have changed…

  12. Kelly Lieberg

    Yes, Pressler is a fool. And how does Rounds measure up ? He’s getting beat by a fool in a head to head matchup ! So what could be wrong in that scenario and how to remedy ? Rounds has suffered horrible judgment and can’t shake the stank to the satisfaction of too many constituents. It’s a sad and deserving story. Remove EB5 completely and Rounds has run an insulting campaign. Taking the electorate for granted, skipping debates, cake walking his way to inevitability. This current state of affairs makes SHS and BJ look even worse for their inability to read how this was their election to be had. A just deserts of sorts that now a fire needs to be lit under Mike’s ass in order for him to save it ! He’ll still win, or should. Just not with my help. It will be and should be a personal embarrassment if he fails to merit 50% against these bozos. 2020, how metaphorical.

  13. Anonymous

    aw, i miss the merry-go-round. great memories. btw this collection of articles is why i maintain that anyone with a sufficient memory in the democrat party couldn’t cast a vote for pressler even at gunpoint.

    1. Anonymous

      and what’s more i feel so constantly good about my early-vote for rounds that i can’t do anything but laugh at the rounds-trashing today. 🙂

  14. Steve Sibson

    Nice work Pat! The Moon research points to the interfaith movement that is setting up the one-world religion. Once done, the one-world political system will be established that will manage the one-world economy. The global economy is what Rounds and Daugaard are establishing in South Dakota. French cheese makers, EB-5, etc. That is why I say it does not matter which of the three liberals win the Senate race, big money will win.

  15. Anonymous

    Rounds’ strategy of attacking Pressler will backfire on him and the DC GOP when they’ll need Pressler to join their caucus.

  16. Anonymous

    Pressler will benefit as Rounds won’t go negative and Dem money against Rounds will make it look like the 2 parties are squabbling.

    I see Larry Sabato downgraded this race from Likely to Lean GOP and wrote in his latest email about the race changing.

    6 years of a moderate Pressler or 12-18 years of a moderate Rounds (Rounds never took a term limits pledge did he?) , hmmmm I think I’ll take 6 of Pressler and maybe we can get a real conservative not just one at election time in 6 years.

  17. mhs

    Today’s NYT / CBS poll, quoted heavily on Morning Joe today as they talked repeatedly about the DSCC targeting SD for an ad buy:

    Rounds 42%
    Wayland 27% (he’s such a nobody, even the biggest political geeks on TV mis-pronounce his name)
    Pressler 12%

    They also point out SD is a good candidate for carpet-bombing since $1MM here would have to be $10MM in a bigger state.

    This about making noise while pinching pennies, nothing more.

    1. Jammer

      Yes we do Mr. Roberts – I agree with you and think that former Governor Rounds will win the election rather comfortably despite all the recent fake enthusiasm by the liberals.

      However, I would like to add that our country would be best served by sending the most conservative business people to Washington. Therefore, it would be highly beneficial if a person of your stature would gather a couple of other influential conservatives and sit down with the soon to be US Senator Rounds and have some very frank discussions regarding the principles of free market capitalism.

      Because a person has made mistakes in the past doesn’t mean they have to repeat them in a new role. Just maybe with some insight and wisdom from you, US Senator Rounds will be a much more strident opponent of crony capitalism than was Governor Rounds.

    2. conservative insurgent

      A businessman is ill equipped to be a limited government Republican. A businessman is conditioned to grow business, the US Govt is not a business. We are in the financial hole because we have had too many such pragmatic grow government politicians who have done just that with our federal government.

      Rounds has a record of increasing spending, increasing government, and of supporting and perpetuating anti-Republican free market principles with the current scandal as prime evidence.

      We are faced with 4 choices on the ballot, with two being unabashed grow government politicians, Rounds being a faux limited government candidate, and actual conservative Gordon Howie.

      1. Anonymous

        we’re in a vast hole because of one potus and his party which now controls the u-s senate. step one in changing this is changing control of the senate and mike rounds is the clearest way to accomplish that. i suspect the rhetorical snake in your head won’t let that logic seep in. if gordon howie is truly our only hope we are totally screwed and may as well surrender.

        1. Jammer

          That is not accurate. It is true that Obama has dug the hole far deeper and at a much faster rate than others, but he is not alone. There have been many politicians to be blamed and they wear the labels of both parties.

          Gaining control of the US Senate will only mean we go over the cliff at a slower speed unless the Senate and the House both follow conservative principles. It is not the PARTY in control that will make the difference, it will be the principles they follow in finding solutions to our problems.

      2. Jammer

        Conservative insurgent, your point is semi-valid in that it can be difficult if not impossible for a liberal leaning businessman to be a limited government Republican. Those people tend to be pro-BUSINESS and what we need are pro-free market politicians.

        However, a conservative businessman will do just fine. They understand that the answer to so many of our problems comes from the prosperity generated by free market capitalism. We have to just keep hammering at these moderates who condemn the democrats for giving money to solar energy companies and GM, but then turn around and condone the same thing when it favors their “pet industries”. It is so logical to a conservative, but for some reason these moderates are living in a different world in which they don’t see themselves in the mirror.

      1. Anonymous

        that’s actually still rounds. republicans don’t get represented with the other two. that’s most of the state. “doing stuff we hate for our own good” isn’t representing us.

  18. Anonymous

    I’ve been unimpressed with the operation on the ground for Rounds. None of the other campaigns are impressed either.

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