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If you're watching the Academy Awards tomorrow from South Dakota, keep your eyes open for this:

As “American Hustle” vies for a best picture Oscar Sunday night, former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler will pop into the Academy Awards broadcast to remind South Dakotans that he was the lone congressman to turn down a bribe in the real-life 1970s Abscam scandal.

The 71-year-old Pressler says he’s bought two 30-second local spots to debut his ad during the awards show broadcast. Pressler is a three-term Republican hoping to win back his old seat as an independent.

Pressler makes his pitch to Oscar watchers and then airs a brief portion of the undercover tape. - Argus Leader, 2/28/14

Just wanted to post an Oscar themed diary.

Originally posted to pdc on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:20 PM PST.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.


Which film will win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, nu2u

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:20:15 PM PST

  •  Pressler is also a Vietnam War Vet (2+ / 0-)
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    nu2u, MikePhoenix

    and endorsed President Obama.  He is the kind of republican that is almost extinct, in other words, he thinks things through.

  •  Pressler was always kind of media hog (0+ / 0-)

    and during his terms in Congress people here in South Dakota often referred to him as "Press Release Pressler".

    Back in the GOP Golden Days of the 80's & early 90's, Larry was a solid "A" Republican -no matter which conservative interest group did the scoring.  His positions haven't changed much since then, if at all, but he would be hardly recognized in today's wingnut GOP.

    Indeed, he no longer identifies with the party, a thought which would have been unfathomable to South Dakotans back in the day.  Larry Pressler was the All American-small town-FFA-boy scout-class president-young Republican-military vet-Rhodes Scholar-Chamber of Commerce-solid conservative.  South Dakota has shifted further right also.  Among SD GOP primary voters, I doubt he would finish top 4 if he ran for the Republican nomination this year.

    The national party has taken a hard right turn in the past 20 years.  Imagine Bob Dole or Jack Kemp competing in a GOP Presidential primary now -not a chance.  The tent has shrunk yet the circus has expanded and without a ringleader there are even more clowns fighting for the spotlight.

    •  "Lightweight Larry" was another nickname.... (0+ / 0-)

      back in the day. Despite his resume and being a sitting Senator I recall that name being used about him when Tim Johnson was running - and later beat him - for his seat because Pressler didn't make much of an impression or impact.

  •  might Pressler tip this seat to the Democrats? (0+ / 0-)

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