Another day, another 19 emails. 14 campaigns reached out to me on Tuesday, but the real shocker was Julian Castro only sending 1 email. Other than his relative quiet, the surprises today were minimal.
Cory Booker took the cake with 3 emails, followed by Joe Biden, Steve Bullock, and Elizabeth Warren with just 2 each. Booker focused on his fundraising and offered his “meet me in Iowa!” contest again, while Biden focused on the environment with a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice plan, followed up by an email pointing out that because he’s not taking fossil fuel money, he really could use mine. Warren, meanwhile, came in hot with some criticism of her fellow Democrats not being willing to fight for us:
Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges. If they dream at all, they dream small. Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses.
But our country is in a time of crisis. The time for small ideas is over.
I did mark this as a negative toward Democrats in my chart. It’s minor, but the sting is there. However, Warren wasn’t the only one peeved at others in her party. John Delaney had something to say too:
I always said I would tell the American people the truth.
This weekend, I spoke about why Americans deserve a choice when it comes to their health care. And I was booed off the stage — by other Democrats!
Delaney’s message on that stage seemed to be that the Medicare for All plan specifically isn’t good, but that universal healthcare is a must. My understanding was taken from news articles and not from actually watching the speech.
Bernie Sanders also railed about “no middle ground” and sent out a survey asking what I believed we should have no middle ground on. Though not called out directly, I believe this was a knock on Biden’s comments about finding a middle ground for dealing with climate change.
Last weekend, Bernie gave a rousing speech at the California Democratic Party convention.
He talked about the fact that there can be no “middle ground” on issues like climate change, health care, and putting a stop to our endless wars.
With 3 campaigns going mildly negative toward fellow Democrats, I was happy to see one thing that made me smile.
That 1 email addressing me as “Folks” did not come from the usual suspect of Biden, but instead Tim Ryan. He’s still happy about positive buzz after his town hall, though he says voters are “chomping at the bit” to see him on the debate stage…but he’s struggling to get his 65,000 unique donors. Somehow, I struggle to hold both of these beliefs at the same time.
Finally, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification giving women the vote, most of the emails were on the topic of news events.
Most were on the topic of the increased DNC threshold for the September debates.
Only Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand talked about the 19th Amendment. Gillibrand touched on protecting voting rights for all, while Klobuchar spun it as a “breaking barriers” moment.
And Steve Bullock? He was getting excited about a smear campaign from the Koch brothers targeting him. If I only pay attention to the emails, I’d suspect Bullock was the only candidate Republicans are worried about (while Biden is the only one Trump is going after).