Days 26 and 27: 6/15/19-6/16/19

39 emails.

16 campaigns.

1 technically-holiday weekend.

How the different campaigns celebrated Father’s Day certainly was…enlightening.

Just once, I’d like to be surprised by the most active emailer

Cory Booker wanted a moment to shine, so he squeaked out a fifth email over the weekend just so he could be called out first in one of these posts. Sure, there might have been another reason, but when his fifth email came at 10:04 pm on Sunday night just to say thank you before he turned in for the night, well, I can see his motives…

(Though it was nice of Booker to send a “thinking of you before bed” email with no real ask.)

Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Steve Bullock, and Tim Ryan all sent 4 emails each this weekend, though Ryan was the only one who didn’t make a mention of Father’s Day. Instead, he reiterated the importance of his travel fund.

If I didn’t combine the weekend, I wouldn’t have much to talk about.

Saturday was, as always, the busier day of the weekend, with 22 emails to Sunday’s 17.

I wonder what a west coast spread would look like. Are emails ever delayed for time differences?

The majority of those emails, 22 over both days, came between the hours of 11 am and 4:59 pm. 3 emails came between 9:00 pm and 11:59 pm, and 14 emails were evenly split between the remaining morning and evening time periods.

Of the Sunday emails, 11 campaigns were represented, with 7 of them sending Father’s Day wishes. John Hickenlooper, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden wrote touching tributes to their fathers and how they were set up for success by those men, while Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a tribute to her husband and Steve Bullock reflected on what it meant for him to be a father and asked us to share a letter he wrote to his kids. (Andrew Yang’s wife wrote on Saturday asking us to sign a Father’s Day card for Yang because there was nothing more important in his life than being a father to his two sons. In light of his snipe on Joe Biden during a recent speech for spending time with his family instead of campaigning, I find the stress on the importance of his own family in somewhat bad taste. That’s not an email thing, though.)

Tim Ryan spent Sunday reminding me of his climate change plan and along for travel fund money, while Bernie Sanders replaced his ask for me to tell him what issues were most important to me to hear about in the debates. Amy Klobuchar emphasized the serious importance of her mid-month goal (twice), while Beto O’Rourke at least focused on the actual important deadline of the FEC filings at the end of the month.

Michael Bennet is scaring the Koch brothers, so they’re attacking him.

The weekend wasn’t all kindness, however. Mike Gravel lashed out at fellow candidates John Delaney and John Hickenlooper.

While DNC-approved pollsters refused to take us seriously early on and excluded us in more than half of their polls, and the mainstream media treated us as a mere novelty or completely ignored us, together we have consistently outpolled and outraised clowns like Hickenlooper and Delaney since our campaign took off.
-David, campaign manager for the Committee for Peace, Justice, and Mike Gravel

Steve Bullock, on the other hand continued to misuse words as he attacked the DNC in two separate emails.

The DNC officially announced they’re going to block me from the first debate.
It’s the wrong call, but I’m not giving up.

-Steve Bullock

Again, getting blocked for not qualifying is not a wrong call.

But here’s the deal: The DNC could limit how many candidates are on stage at the next debate. Their arbitrary rules could force us into a tiebreaker or block us again!…This new poll comes just days after the DNC declared Governor Bullock isn’t “qualified” for the first debate this month.

We’ve said all along that this race isn’t about arbitrary debate rules. It’s about people like us who want to get our country back on track.

-Team Bullock

This email was sent in response to a new poll that put Bullock ahead of 7 of the other Democratic candidates. However, it’s using the term “arbitrary” to mean “rules we don’t like” instead of the actual definition of “based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system,” and it’s putting “qualified” in quotes to indicate that it is wrong for the DNC to consider Bullock not qualified. Except Bullock didn’t qualify.

Words matter. Words are important. Their meanings are important. We are seeing what the country looks like when the person in charge decrees that words don’t mean what they mean. “I was only joking.” “That’s not what I meant.” “That’s not what I said.”

Words need to matter more than ever in this election cycle. Words need to mean something. Meanings need to mean something. And politicians who believe they can twist the narrative but using the wrong word choices should not be our next President. We need to change that recent behavior, not reinforce it.

#600 came from Kirsten Gillibrand!

2 thoughts on “Days 26 and 27: 6/15/19-6/16/19

  1. Bullock’s tone seems pretty obnoxious, including his jabs at the IA awards (where Yang dissed Biden). It has to be more damaging to him than anything else. No one wants pettiness or victimhood. It’s a shame too, because if you ignore those comments, I think he gave a much better speech than most of the other bottom polling candidates.

    As for the DNC rules, I don’t think that polling requirements make a whole lot of sense in a field of 20. For the bottom 10 spots, it mostly puts the early candidates over the top because of stochastic errors and an increasing pool of choices. From what I’ve seen, I can’t say there has been any meaningful difference between Bullock and Ryan, Swalwell, Gabbard, Delaney, Bennett, and Hickenlooper. A better system probably would have been strictly a donor count, with a minimum. Oh well. Just time to sit back and watch the party at this point.

    I’m interested to see what the donor emails look like. Are you going to make a separate account to monitor both donor and non-donor emails or just abandon the non-donor ones?


    1. Bullock is seriously getting on my nerves. He’s being a sore loser at this point. You absolutely can take this on the cob and keep fighting:
      “We didn’t have the time to gather the donors in time, but this gives me a couple extra weeks to focus on campaigning where it matters. I know with your help we can hit the goal for the July debates!”

      As far as polling requirements, I believe historically the polls have ALWAYS dictated who gets into the debates (don’t quote me, on my phone and not researching ATM!) The donor thing is new this year, though, and with 20+ candidates, there has to be a cut off at some point.
      I’m still debating how to handle the donor emails. I’d like to keep composting, and I’d like to use the + feature of gmail to better track where my email goes, but man, does it get hard just tracking one account! We’ll see…I’ll definitely explain the details here when I figure them out, though!


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