04/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Party Faces Internal Struggle Over Ideology

HONOLULU -- Republican leaders burst into applause here the other day as their luncheon speaker, Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii, shared the latest analysis by a Washington Congressional handicapper: The way things are heading, she read, "you can count on the Democratic majority in the House being toast this fall."

But as the Republican National Committee ended its winter meeting here on Saturday, party leaders, if jubilant over a string of election victories and declining support for President Obama, were also questioning whether they could take full advantage of the opening Democrats had handed them.

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