Quiet and wonkish, Santos, a U.S.-trained economist, nonetheless won by a landslide in 2010.
The most vocal skeptics so far of the new Afghanistan policy are mostly left-of-center and largely confined to wonkish circles.
If he does, he might come across as too wonkish and too aggressive to connect with voters.
Insiders have long touted Christie Vilsack as a more spirited and combative politician than her wonkish husband.
"overly studious person," 1954, American English student slang, popularized 1993 during Clinton administration in U.S.; perhaps a shortening of British slang wonky "shaky, unreliable." Or perhaps a variant of British slang wanker "masturbator." It was earlier British naval slang for "midshipman" (1929).
[1990s+ College students; origin unknown; perhaps fr British wanker, ''masturbator''; in British sailor slang, wonk meant ''midshipman''; the term became suddenly common in the phrase policy wonk during the first year of the Clinton administration, 1993]