In 1966, as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, he told the world what was really happening in the Hanoi Hilton — with his eyelids:
Denton blinked the word “TORTURE” in Morse code.
He would not be released by Hanoi until 1973.
He became the first Republican Senator representing Alabama since Reconstruction in 1980.
He was a tireless champion of the unborn — which probably explain why the Associated Press’s obituary tonight says he was too “rigid” “But critics said his rigid stands left him no room for political compromise.”
I had the privilege of seeing him speak in the mid-1990s. I have never before or since seen a man so completely hold an audience’s undivided attention.
We need so many more like him now.