REPUBLICANS: Where Does the Party Stand?

As the Republican National Committee plowed into Des Moines through six-inch snows and below-zero temperatures for an election post-mortem last week, the weather matched the mood of National Chairman Meade Alcorn. Ever since Democrats clobbered the Republicans at the polls, Alcorn has been picking apart November's returns for a clue to what happened to the G.O.P. His report: "Our party has suffered a humiliating defeat. We took a bad beating. There are no alibis -but there are reasons."

One reason: strong opposition. "We are being outvoted, outtalked, outspent and outworked by an...

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