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GOP Strategist: Credit Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin with Surge Among GOP Women

Photo Courtesy - U.S. State Department | Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the Tea Party movement headlined by a group of female candidates who have risen to national prominence this election cycle, an odd coupling of 2008 candidates may be the reason why, Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace told ABC News Tuesday.

“I think you've got to give Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin some of the credit,” said Wallace, who worked for Palin in her vice presidential run and served as communications director in the George W. Bush White House.

“I think despite their unsuccessful outcomes of their candidacies in 2008, they got a whole lot of attention,” said Wallace. “I think that it's encouraging that, despite the fact that a double standard was applied to both women in different ways and at different times, women are still undeterred and they're stepping into the arena in greater numbers.”

Wallace is the author of a new novel, Eighteen Acres, that focuses on the re-election campaign of the first female president.

In the wake of 2008, Wallace has clashed publicly with both Palin and adherents of the Tea Party movement. She explores similar themes in her novel.

“The Tea Party movement is as much about holding such low regard that they no longer feel it's important to have experience in politics to do a good job in Washington. They kind of look at Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle and say, 'What are they going to do? Screw it up?' ”

The Tea Party, Wallace said, “is the most simple explanation for the enthusiasm gap,” and Republicans should be thankful for that energy. It's real impact, however, may not be felt until the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination kicks off in earnest.

Asked what the future first female president is doing now, Wallace quipped, “I mean, I think she's out there. I don't think she knows she's the first female president but I think these things -- look, who would've thought...I think our cycles are so accelerated that it's not a matter of generations that have to pass....”

“I absolutely think she's out there,” Wallace added. “In all our lifetimes, I think we'll see a couple. The greater fantasy of Eighteen Acres is probably that she's a moderate. You know I think we're probably much further away from electing a moderate to national office.”

“And you know, she ends up running on a unity ticket. That's something that certainly captured a lot of our imaginations on the McCain campaign. I think we're probably further away, I think because of Obama, because of the hardening of our politics over the past few years. I think those are some of the things that are more farcical and fictional than a woman president.”

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Republican Strategist Predicts 60-Seat Loss for Dems

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite a new NPR Battleground poll released Friday that showed some new hope for Democratic House candidates, Republican strategist Steve Lombardo said he is as bullish as ever about the GOP’s prospects in November.

“I still think we're looking at a 60 seat loss -- net loss -- for Democrats,” Lombardo told ABC News Friday.  “The way we look at it right now is this is at least as bad as it was in 1994.  My guess is it's worse.”

According to the NPR survey, in 58 of the most competitive House districts, Democrats are gaining on their GOP opponents, narrowing the gap with them to three points.  At the same time, more independents appear to be breaking for the Democrats.  However, Lombardo cautioned that it's unclear whether independents will actually show up at the polls on Election Day.

“Even some of those independents are not going to be voting as much as they should,” he said.  “The likely voter enthusiasm gap is still with Republicans by a significant margin.”

Lombardo, who runs a consulting firm based in Washington, also predicted that the attacks by top Democrats on outside groups, which are fueled by anonymous donors and spending heavily this year to aid conservative candidates and causes, would prove ineffective.  He said that Democrats were “grasping about ... blindly,” for an issue that would energize their base.

“Every campaign that is sort of losing the narrative, if you will, of the election, starts to venture into a lot of different things that aren't important or resonate with voters,” Lombardo said.  “To be honest with you, McCain had the same problem in 2008.”

Although he forecast big gains for Democrats in the House, Lombardo acknowledged that it was unlikely Republicans could take back the Senate.  Still, he left open the possibility that some wild cards could push the GOP over the edge.

“We don’t know just how big this anti-incumbent, anti-Democratic policy, Tea Party movement, if you will, is,” he said.  “We've only see it play out in primaries so far.  We don't know what will happen in a general.”

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