It is perhaps easier for former Republican Senator Larry Pressler to show moral clarity and courage than our sitting (multiple meanings) Congressional delegation. Out of office for twenty years, Pressler has liberated himself of partisan bonds by endorsing Barack Obama twice and running for Senate as an Independent in 2014. Pressler endorsed Hillary Clinton following the Orlando massacre, rejecting Trump’s pandering to the NRA and his hostility to religious freedom.
Team Clinton now includes the more morally courageous Pressler in its list of prominent Independents and Republicans backing Clinton for President. Pressler is the only South Dakotan I see on the list so far. He joins former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson and his old Senate colleague from Minnesota David Durenberger. Also in Pressler’s company for Clinton are Reagan/Bush diplomat and security advisor John Negroponte, Ford/Bush National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, and Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman.
Pressler and the other folks on this new Clinton list are on the right side of American interests and history. So are an increasing number of voters who are moving Trump’s post-convention bump entirely to Clinton’s count. Let’s see how long it takes Thune and Rounds to join their predecessor and the public in calling a menace a menace and and dumping Trump.