Larry Pressler, former Republican Senator, crush of every South Dakota grandmother, and perhaps the dumbest Rhodes Scholar who ever lived, is running as an Independent in the South Dakota Senate race. Halle-fucking-lujah, say I, but, unfortunately, Larry’s been a bad, bad boy:
South Dakota never has elected an independent to the Senate, and Pressler knows he’s a long shot. But he said his experience as a campaigner and senator give him a shot at winning a three-way race.
“I think there’s an increased level of people wanting an alternative to the Republican-Democrat thing,” Pressler said.
Lloyd Ringrose, a Sioux Falls Republican who came to Pressler’s announcement, said he liked Pressler in the 1990s and voted for him. But when told Pressler had endorsed Obama, Ringrose was shocked.
“I’m afraid Mr. Pressler just lost my vote, but I’ll hear what he has to say,” Ringrose said before the speech.
This breathes new life into a campaign that was going to be an easy pick up for Republicans by former Republican Governor Mike Rounds. Rick Weiland, the presumptive Democratic nominee, must have been very good indeed for Santa to bring him this present.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid that in addition to the toxic Obama endorsements, Larry has been killing what little was left of his Dakota political credibility by working as an East Coast lawyer since he lost to Tim Johnson in 1996. I doubt that he’ll even rise to the level of spoiler, because by the time he was voted out of office, everyone was pretty sick of the guy. He was honest–his main political distinction is that he was perhaps the only member of Congress to refuse an ABSCAM bribe–but he was also useless at bringing home the bacon and his retail political skills didn’t go much further than his pretty face. Still, this is good news for Democrats in a place where there isn’t a lot of it around.