Nate Silver, in his digs over at FiveThirtyEight, applied his considerable statistical and analytical skillz to the current Senate.
Specifically, he's been looking at the potential for a Republican filibuster of the Obama stimulus plan; and from there he's identified the most powerful women in America.
His analysis is fascinating, but one thing jumped out at me:
I think we now know why she wasn't chosen to be the Republican VP candidate.
While [Texas Senator Kay Bailey] Hutchison is further down the list, she is clearly angling to be a thought-leader in the GOP and is likely to be a wild card on certain issues, having voted with the administration, for instance, on SCHIP and the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.