I meant to post this yesterday.
Howell Heflin was probably the best politician sent to Washington from the state of Alabama. Although he was a conservative Democrat, he rejected the racial demagoguery of divisive racial politics that still seems to be prevalent in the Deep South today. Howell Heflin is definitely a product of a time when the South was trying to move forward and become a more modern and civilized society. Unfortunately that momentum has been lost.