Senator Dangerfield?

He gets no respect. Think of Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) as the Rodney Dangerfield of the U.S. Senate. It's easy to see why: Despite winning a Rhodes Scholarship and earning a Harvard law degree (though twice failing the South Dakota bar exam), he's prone to bloopers. In his current crusade to sell off public TV, for instance, he has claimed that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting spends 75% of its budget on overhead. The real figure is 4.5%. His South Dakotan colleague in the Senate, Democrat Thomas A. Daschle, once sniped about Pressler: "A Senate seat is a terrible thing to waste."

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