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GOP watch: Can the GOP capitalize?

The front page of Sunday's New York Times: "[A]s 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. At a moment of what appears to be great if unexpected opportunity, the Republican Party continues to struggle with disputes over ideology and tactics, as well as what party leaders say is an absence of strong figures to lead it back to power, from the party chairman to prospective presidential candidates." 

Pulitzer-Prize winning independent fact-checker Politifact, checked Rep. Jeb Hensarling's (R-TX) statement to President Obama at the House Republican Retreat on Friday that: "What were the old annual deficits under Republicans have now become the monthly deficits under Democrats." Despite Hensarling saying he'd welcome fact-checkers looking at their statements, Politifact gave that a "False."
 
"Rep. Jeb Hensarling did some extreme cherry-picking to suggest that deficits have ballooned under Obama," the Web site writes. "But using the Hensarling technique, you could also say they were bigger under President Bush."

"Scott Brown hasn't even been sworn in yet, but environmentalists are already preparing Web ads targeting the incoming GOP senator on climate change legislation." The ad says: "Senator-elect Brown, Massachusetts takes you at your word. It's time to lead on bipartisan clean energy climate legislation." The Boston Globe: "With its all-Democratic, largely liberal congressional delegation, Massachusetts has rarely been a target of so-called 'issue ads,' spots made by interest groups pushing a particular proposal. Bay State lawmakers have long been reliable votes for the Democratic legislative agenda."