A hope for the new year 新年への希望
A hope for the new year
The year 2013 ends with higher taxes, more spending and a stagnant economy. The promise of “hope and change” remains as elusive as ever and likely will stay that way until voters give Washington new marching orders in the 2014 midterm elections.
A poll for CNN, released last week, gives Republicans a 5-point edge against Democrats in a generic ballot. Surveys that don’t include the names of actual candidates aren’t worth a lot, particularly 10 months before an election. Voters’ moods and attitudes change quickly. In October, the Democrats were crowing about a 12-point advantage during the government shutdown squabble. But what the latest poll shows is that change lies within the grasp of Republicans – providing they don’t blow it.