In 2003 Peter Agre won the Nobel Prize (chemistry) for discovering protein channels that allow water to pass in an out of the hydrophobic membranes of our cells. Now he wants to take on Senator Norm Coleman in Minnesota.
Peter Agre wants to do something no Nobelist has done before: get elected to the U.S. Senate. After a colleague disclosed it in a newspaper op-ed column last week, the 2003 chemistry laureate confirmed that he is considering a run for the Senate seat now held by Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman.
I don’t know whether to blame Minnesota or Norm Coleman for giving us one of the weirdest primary races in memory. Dr Agre, a Nobel winner, has to get through Al Franken before he can challenge Sen. Coleman. Is that Desmond Tutu waiting in the wings?
Stories like this make the recruiting efforts of Democratic committees like the DSCC look almost ludicrously good. While Dems have work to do, compare the wattage that Democrats pack into some primaries against Liddy Dole’s pathetic output at the NRSC. Barring a Democratic abramoffageddon 2008 promises to be a very entertaining year.