What Went Wrong?

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Pema Levy reports that no clear consensus has emerged among CPAC attendees for the GOP’s showing at the polls in November.

Maybe it’s too early to expect that, and there is no one explanation for the defeat. On the other hand, blaming external factors outside of the party’s control — the media, Hurricane Sandy — is the kind of denial that can thwart constructive change.

Democrats have been through this before, too, and I’m not sure a consensus on what went wrong truly emerges until the next winning streak comes along, when the winner gets to define, rightly or wrongly, what caused all the losing.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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