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Suddenly, Pelosi Is Being Called 'Most Powerful Woman' In U.S. History

There's a lot being said and blogged this morning about whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the "most powerful woman in American history."

Drudge has splashed it across his webfront.

The Swamp says that in the wake of the health care overhaul's passage in the House, "suddenly the criticism that the California Democrat has fielded for months ... has turned to hyperbolic praise for her power,"

ABC News' Diane Sawyer tapped into the theme in the interview she had with Pelosi on last night's World News:

Where did this "most powerful woman" line come from?

Britain's The Economist, writing before Sunday's passage of the health care legislation, said this:

"Mrs. Pelosi is arguably the most powerful woman in American history. There have been female governors, secretaries of state and Supreme Court justices, but only one female speaker."

That was pretty much it. The rest of the piece goes into her biography, the difficulty Democrats had been having in getting the health care legislation passed, and calls her a "mediocre orator."

Still, the seed has been planted. And, as NPR's Liz Halloran wrote yesterday, Pelosi's "political legacy" now includes "a historic legislative win." So, we wonder what the group thinks:

We'll keep this admittedly unscientific question open until Thursday morning.