Hillary Goes Door to Door in Nevada

Update: Another article on the event:

A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal.

"No woman is illegal," Clinton said, to cheers.


Hillary Clinton arrived in Las Vegas today and embarked on a door-to-door campaign in a Hispanic neighborhood, asking residents for their help. At a Mexican restaurant afterwards, she sat with locals and talked about her plan to ease the foreclosure crisis, which has hit Nevada particularly hard.

Mrs. Clinton said she would like to freeze interest rates for five years, and create a federal program that would help homeowners get “through a bad time,” to prevent foreclosures. Mrs. Clinton also said she believed “we’re slipping into a recession.”

She arrived a day ahead of Barack Obama. But it doesn't seem like Obama will be staying long since his schedule is packed full in South Carolina Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m., where he also spent Thursday.[More...]

As to what Obama told voters in South Carolina Thursday, it was more of the same -- hope and change.

"...we have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people. Yes we can."

When will he get down to specifics?

Tomorrow in California, Hillary will call for quick passage of a $70 billion emergency spending economic package -- and if that doesn't do the trick, $40 billion in tax rebates.

Mrs. Clinton said her proposal, to be announced on Friday in California, would aid lower-income families facing foreclosures of their mortgages, subsidize home heating assistance, extend jobless benefits and create jobs in the energy and environment sector.

I have been looking at the latest unemployment numbers, and I really think it is imperative that we start to move to help people dealing with the housing market and give the country a jolt of confidence in the economy, Mrs. Clinton said in a telephone interview while campaigning in Nevada.

Maybe it's all in one's definition of change.

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    specifics (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by chemoelectric on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 12:56:17 AM EST
    Send Obama to me for education, I'll teach him how to get down to specifics and in the process deliver astounding speeches, not the enormously overrated garbage he delivers now.

    Obama is immature for his age. His speeches are high school valedictorian speeches delivered with a clergyman's voice. It's really sad that so many people can't see the difference in kind between a speech by Obama or one by Al Gore or Martin Luther King, but such discrimination takes education and practice. Those guys are telling you something, while Obama is just pushing your happy buttons (though I seem to be immune and maybe you as well).

    Obama's speeches are the equivalent in English of a mathematical equation in which no one has told you what types of objects the variables represent (such as integers, real numbers, vectors, etc.).

    Oh? (none / 0) (#2)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 03:21:23 AM EST
    What would you change, for instance? Any thoughts on actual lines that can be tweaked and improved or are you just upset that Obama doesn't give a formal policy speech every time he's in public?

    (He does give formal policy speeches, and he does give specifics on policy in his speeches, by the by) Also, I wonder why you do not consider the discussion about the very way a Democratic President should go about formulating policy to be a necessary "specific" to talk about in a Democratic Primary. Can you be specific about that?


    I don't think (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jgarza on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 10:56:55 AM EST
    stump speeches the best place to go into detail on policy.

    Hillary's stump speeches are never detailed policy so much as a laundry lists of issues, that she is going to address with no details about addressing them.  They are just lists of issue buttons she presses.

    The time when Hillary shines is when she takes peoples questions and addresses their particular issues individually.  I think that hints at an extraordinary micromanaged presidency. There are numerous pit falls to this.  The biggest though is that every policy she enacts will have her name on it, meaning, the Republican tactic, will be character assassination. The play book is there, it has worked once already.

    Obama is immature for his age.

    This addresses neither issues nor style, it is simply an insult.


    Specifics (none / 0) (#3)
    by BDB on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 10:25:17 AM EST
    If Obama isn't careful, the criticism that he's all talk is going to stick.  Now, personally, I have issues with his experience level, but he does have policies and many of them are quite good.  He doesn't need to give a huge wonkish list, but simply talk a bit about them within the larger context of his speeches.  Just as Clinton has needed to tie her specifics to a broader narrative for her candidacy, which I think she started doing in NH, Obama needs to start tying his narrative about change to what that actually means for voters and the country.  

    And even though I'm a Clinton supporter, I want him to do this because if he is the nominee, it will make him a better one.  Just as if Clinton is the nominee, having to develop a rationale for her candidacy will make her a better one.

    This contest can and should make the nominee better and stronger.  We can see if Obama can answer the hard questions (he's really kind of sucked at this so far - when reporters have pressed him on "present" and the lobbyist thing, he's been much less impressive than I think he could be).  We can see if Clinton can connect emotionally with voters.  

    Or we could if their surrogates would quit trying to play pathetic racial and gender politics and campaign on why one of them would make a better president than the other (and, no, it's not because one of them is black or one of them is a woman).

    Lowering taxes (none / 0) (#5)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Jan 11, 2008 at 11:59:25 AM EST
    to stimulate the economy?

    and if that doesn't do the trick, $40 billion in tax rebates.

    Come on, that is a republican trick.