Sen. Wonk, D-N.M.

I say this with the greatest affection. Jeff Bingaman is a wonk.

From Cornelia Dean’s story in yesterday’s New York Times on a briefing on Capitol Hill attempting to explain what science is:

(T)he briefing’s subject apparently struck a chord. More than 100 committee staff members, Congressional aides and at least one senator, Jeff Bingaman, Democrat of New Mexico, crammed into a basement meeting room.