What is an “elfin Alabamian?”

The print edition of the New York Times yesterday featured Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and his efforts to take down the immigration reform bill, describing him as “an elfin Alabamian with a mischievous smile and a relentless approach.”

“The longer it lays in the sun, the more it smells, as they say about the mackerel,” Sessions explains, when describing the bill.