Monday was a quiet day, with only 19 emails from 14 campaigns. Recovering from their fundraising push, 3 campaigns asked for surveys, 1 emailed me for the very first time, and Bernie Sanders is still trying to give me a free bumper sticker.
At 3 emails in 24 hours, Steve Bullock is desperate to get on the debate stage and wants to know if I feel the same way. It’s perhaps worth mentioning that Bullock starts almost every email with the exact same disclaimer:
Steve Bullock is the only candidate for President who’s won a Trump state. He’s running to eliminate Big Money in politics and give every person a fair shot at success. If you’d only like to receive our most important emails, click here. If you’d like to unsubscribe, click here. If you’d like to donate to our campaign, click here.
Most candidates put this sort of information at the bottom of their email, but Bullock is top and center, in tiny italics. He really wants me to know that he’s the only guy in the race who won a Trump state. Most of his emails repeat this in the body, along with his progressive victories despite a Republican legislature. Important to know, I suppose, in a race with so many stand-out candidates…but like Julian Castro’s repeated reassurances that everyone said someone like him couldn’t get this far but he did, thanks to me!, I’m not so impressed after the 24th repetition.
What did impress me was the fact that Marianne Williamson emailed me at all! I was starting to doubt that I’d ever hear from the last few stragglers, and Williamson was barely above Wayne Messam in chances of actually getting an email before they officially dropped out. Williamson sent me a very long email discussing her relationship with the LGBTQ+ community, but despite reading it several times, I wasn’t really sure what sort of President she would make. She listed a lot of discriminatory practices and said they must stop, which is good, but…How? How fast? Is this the core of her message?
Perhaps in honor of Pride month (I don’t know, I don’t have anything to compare it to!), Williamson’s donate buttons were rainbow themed. While I appreciate a rainbow color scheme as much as the next person who has to make a lot of different colors look good next to each other, the particular hues of these buttons were…eye-burning. I know they are the default colors for red, yellow, green, and blue, but there’s a reason I stopped using them. I wish Williamson did the same.
Monday morning was exceptionally slow, and I only had 8 emails by 5 pm EST. The email that had me raising my eyebrows the most, even more than Williamson’s, snuck in at 8:59 pm, just one minute before the clock switched to Night. Cory Booker has taken the traditional bribe of “free” sticker for a donation and blown it out of the water.
If you donate to Booker (possibly through a certain link?) before midnight on Wednesday, you will be entered for a chance to win a flight to Iowa to be his guest of honor at the “legendary Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration.” More than just being his guest, though:
I’ll be one of several Democratic candidates on hand. So I might even get a chance to introduce you to some of my friends who also happen to be running for president.
Major props to Booker for calling the other nominees his friends. Democratic positivity and solidarity should be the theme of 2020.
However, the email I actually talked about, the one I brought up to real life people I know, came from Beto O’Rourke. While the other candidates are campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and California, O’Rourke went to Oklahoma and met with victims of the catastrophic flooding. He spoke about their hardships and how volunteers are helping out, both from within the community and from outside. He spoke about the concerns the residents had about how late they were given warnings and how delayed recovery response times are. Finally, O’Rourke asked for donations, not for himself, but for the people he had met with.
Before I go, I want to ask all of you to consider chipping in to the Tulsa Community Foundation’s disaster relief fund. The funds they collect will aid the residents of eastern Oklahoma in their long-term recovery. You can chip in here: https://tulsacf.org/?fund=1409
Emails like this one were why I never regretted signing up for Obama’s mailing list in 2008. They help give a glimpse of what is happening in the wider world these candidates are able to campaign in, and they really illustrate how politics can affect even one individual. I hope O’Rourke was able to do some good while he was in Oklahoma on Sunday. In this climate, people need all the help they can get.