Day Sixteen: 06/05/19

I know when Pete Buttigieg sends me email, it’s a big day for BTE, but I was not prepared for all of the excitement that Wednesday brought! 29 emails flooded in from 18 campaigns, up 10 emails and 4 campaigns from yesterday.

Six campaigns shy of a full deck today!

Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren had a three-way tie of 3 emails each. Of the three, Bennet was very nervous about not hitting the 65,000 donor debate threshold, Booker needed money, and Warren had an MSNBC town hall.

Lot of fluff today.

5 campaigns brought up specific policies in their communications today. Cory Booker spent an email discussing his fair and affordable housing plan, referencing a time when his parents couldn’t buy a house in a good neighborhood because of the color of their skin and continuing on to point out that a worker making minimum wage and working 40 hours a week cannot afford to rent a 2-bedroom apartment at fair market price in ANY county in the U.S.

Beto O’Rourke went into detail about his plan to expand voting rights and reform democracy. Every voice must count, and a vigorous democracy is the only check against the inertia of power.

Andrew Yang also talked about democracy reform in the form of Democracy dollars (giving every American $100 per election cycle to donate to candidates of their choosing) to drown out big money and stop candidates from the soul-crushing begs for money (though…How do candidates get those democracy dollars if they aren’t begging for them?) and implementing Ranked Choice Voting, or RCV, to encourage people to vote for third party candidates without fearing that they’ll screw up the system (see last presidential election) instead of the lesser of two evils system we have now.

John Delaney threw down the gauntlet with an alternative to Medicare for All in a follow-up to yesterday’s notice of being booed by fellow Democrats, but more on him later.

Kirsten Gillibrand finished up the policy emails of the day with her plan to legalize marijuana for many reasons: fight the unjust racial discrimination of unfair enforcement of the current laws, help fight the opioid crisis by offering an alternative form of pain relief, and provide states with the immense economic opportunity, especially for small businesses.

The real shocker of the day was the amount of lashing out the candidates did. While some struck at Trump…

#ConDon counts as a nickname.

…others targeted their fellow Democrats.

Trump attacks aren’t counted as GOP attacks. They’re a category all their own.

Joe Biden began the Trump attacks with a call for hope over fear, truth over lies, and unity over division.

Steve Bullock announced that his lawsuit against the Trump administration for dumping an IRS transparency rule was being heard today.

Bill de Blasio sent out a survey asking which of #ConDon’s many cons was the biggest, including choices such as claiming he fights for Americans but giving tax cuts to corporations and trying to axe health care, claiming hens an accomplished golfer but actually cheating constantly according to people he plays with, and claiming he’s a strong leader despite being surrounded by people who take advantage of him. There were apparently more options to choose from as well, but only if I clicked through for the rest of the list.

Pete Buttigieg sent a short email with a succinct subject: Tariffs are a tax on Americans. The email laid out Trump’s 5% tariff on Mexico plan and linked to a video from Buttigieg’s town hall explaining what affect this will have on American workers. He finished with a declaration that we need a President who will put the American people first.

But then there were the attacks on other Dems.

John Hickenlooper was also booed off the stage at the California Democratic Party Convention, though he spun it to show that while he lost the local audience, he gained a national audience.

Last weekend, John got on stage at the California Democratic Party Convention and told them a hard truth:

To defeat Donald Trump and accomplish big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.
A lot of people in the crowd didn’t want to hear that simple truth, and responded with boos—but John didn’t back down. He stood tall and declared “if we’re not careful, we’re going to help re-elect the worst president in history.”

Jay Inslee made a demand of the DNC for a climate change debate and had it rejected. He pushed for fundraising to guarantee climate change is debated by getting Inslee on the stage (as if no other candidate is talking about climate change?)

I just got off the phone with the DNC — they refuse to host a climate debate.

Make no mistake: The DNC is silencing this movement. Tens of thousands of people signed our petition calling for a climate debate, climate advocacy organizations across the country have demanded this debate, and multiple presidential candidates have joined the call.

But the DNC isn’t listening. Jay Inslee refuses to stand idly by because the threat is too great.

Cory Booker ended up on this list to be fair to other Dems who have stung their competition for accepting big money. Keeping with his brand, he barely went negative at all, but he still slapped out at nameless “others.”

And the truth is, unlike some other campaigns, we refuse to take checks from corporate PACs and D.C. lobbyists. We can’t just cash big checks from billionaires to help find new donors. We’re counting entirely on people like you.

However, one candidate finally pulled off the kiddie gloves and leveled a full-blown shot at another Democrat, calling him out by name and tearing apart his plan. John Delaney, set-top smarting from his being booed, attacked Bernie Sanders.

We believe access to quality health care is a fundamental right — not a privilege for the wealthy few.
But Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All plan is bad policy and bad politics — and will help get Donald Trump re-elected.

Not pictured: the yellow highlighting on that last paragraph.

Delaney’s subject line starts with “Medicare for All is bad policy. Here’s why:” and his body goes into detail. It’s not enough to call it bad. Delaney backs it up.

Right now, nearly every Democratic candidate for President has thrown their support behind “Medicare for All.”

“Medicare for All” seeks to address a broken health care system where too many Americans are still uninsured, or simply can’t afford the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs or treatment.

We too believe in a universal health care system where basic medical treatment isn’t reserved for the privileged few. But here’s what the other Presidential candidates don’t want you to know:

“Medicare for All” would:

  • Cause 150 million Americans to lose their current employer-backed insurance, and forfeit the right to select their own plan.
  • Cost $32 trillion over the next 10 years to implement — and we currently have no way to pay for it.
  • Result in 1 to 2 MILLION people currently employed in the health care space to lose their jobs.

As unpopular as it may be to say it, we do need to call out problematic policy when we see it. However, just because a policy has flaws doesn’t mean there isn’t something good about it. Delaney goes into further detail with his own policy:

John has a different idea. We can provide high-quality care to everyone and replace our outdated system of employer-sponsored insurance.

How? We create a new public health care plan for all Americans under the age of 65 that would protect the reforms delivered by the Affordable Care Act, including guaranteed coverage of preexisting conditions and essential health benefits.

Individuals would be automatically enrolled in the new public plan, with no complicated procedures to follow. However, anyone would have the option to opt-out and receive a tax credit to buy their own insurance policy if they choose.

Folks over 65 would transition into Medicare, which we will protect and strengthen to ensure that all seniors get the care they need.

By keeping private insurance options, we can protect the jobs of the millions of health care professionals who currently work in the private sector, and also allow families and employers to purchase supplemental coverage to cover additional health needs.

One of the benefits of such a crowded field is that while all candidates may agree on some 80% of their platforms, the nuances differentiating that last 20% can be discussed and debated and, most importantly, shared. It’s not “stealing” to take someone’s policy ideas and expand on them, sand off the rough spots, and smooth out the wrinkles. It’s collaboration. Primaries are ultimately where the policies are actually shaped. Whichever of the 24 candidates wins the nomination, they will have to be willing to absorb the best ideas of the other 23 in order to carry the party as a whole. It happened in 2016, where the presence of Sanders pulled Clinton more to the left to accommodate the changing party, and it’s already happening in 2020, where so many points on the political spectrum are represented by the Democratic candidates.

But soap box moment over, let’s return to the heart of this blog: ridiculing mailing lists for color abuse.

How many shades of blue do you count?

Tim Ryan, why?

The light blue in the logo, the bright blue in the button, and the navy blue of the footer aren’t even in the same color family, and that’s not counting the default blue of a hyperlink or the deep purple of the Activate Now button. The supporter record box has a pale purple-blue background, the quote is highlighted in bright yellow, and important text is emphasized with a bright red that also doesn’t match his logo. Perhaps his only saving grace is that the email was too long to see all at once without zooming out.

Ryan, why?

Castro is losing email momentum!

2 thoughts on “Day Sixteen: 06/05/19

  1. Tim Ryan emails coupons!! Seriously though, that’s a horrible looking email. I’m loving that you included the whole thing rendered as an image, I think it really adds to the post. Hopefully you’ll show us more of these crimes against the internet. BTE is now a perma-tab in my browser.


    1. Some of these emails look really nice, with consistent branding and images and colors. Some look minimal, with a logo and maybe a footer. And then you get the Tim Ryans. And you wonder if he’s even playing the same game.


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