* HilariousInHindsight: TheReveal in the 2000s that hyper-conservative Sen. Strom Thurmond had an affair (and love child) with a black maid and that the revelation came out only after Thurmond had died.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: A major part of the plot relies on the fact that this movie was made when car phones could make but not receive calls. A good part of the drama could have been... well... [[FawltyTowersPlot delayed]] if Katherine had a cell phone.
* UnfortunateImplications: Senator Keeley apparently thinks it is just as bad that the girl who had been consorting with the late Senator Jackson was black as it was that she was a prostitute and underaged.
** That's the [[CompletelyMissingThePoint joke.]] To most, it's not like he would have been better off if the girl had been white, a prostitute and underaged, but to the Conservative StrawmanPolitical men, it is.
*** There's also the fact that even if Senator Keeley didn't care, the reporters would (and do).
*** He didn't care about the prostitute, per se -- he was worried that race would be entered into the debate (which it was) and that his more racist voters would be turned off
* ValuesDissonance[=/=]ValuesResonance: An interesting mixture of the two. On the one hand, the pro-gay-rights message still resonates today. However, the views publicly expressed by the conservatives in this movie come across as much more of a StrawmanPolitical than they did at the time. This is particularly true of the idea that conservative figures having gay relatives is a major liability, as many prominent Republicans now do (Dick Cheney's daughter, Michele Bachman's stepsister, and Phyllis Schlafly's son).