Over the weekend, Kirsten Gillibrand was begging for donations, Cory Booker had a new mug, and Amy Klobuchar wanted to show John Hickenlooper some love.
At 5 emails total, Kirsten Gillibrand was the most chatty of the candidates this weekend, followed by Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang with 4 each. Gillibrand’s desperation was highlighted by the bright red scrolling marquee she included at the top of 3 of her 5 emails.
Gillibrand asked me to donate in 3 of her emails, stating that she, again, missed a fundraising goal. Missing goals has been a hallmark of Gillibrand’s campaign since the start. I can only imagine her frustration. She also tried asking me merely to text BRAVE to 60980 to get exclusive updates from the trail, which would undoubtedly lead to more fundraising asks. In her final email of the weekend, she simply asked if I wanted to see her on the debate stage.
Gillibrand has been using women’s rights and reproductive rights as the case behind why she needs to be on that stage. In the past two debates, these issues weren’t talked about at all! If she’s not on that stage, no one will talk about them!
Except… Gillibrand was on the stage in those last two debates. And she didn’t talk about women’s rights or reproductive rights despite having been championing them for her whole campaign. If she hadn’t done it in the past, why would I assume she’d do it in the future? Unfortunately for Gillibrand, she really doesn’t have a convincing case for what she would bring to the debates that isn’t already represented on the stage.
Debates were still the big focus of the field, but Steve Bullock and Bill de Blasio were both incredibly excited about their CNN Town Hall this Sunday at 7. From the tone of their emails, you’d think they were each going to appear alone, but from the fact that they were doing the same sort of show on the same network at the same time, I deduced they were either simultaneous or back-to-back. When they concluded their town halls, both emailed me to tell me how incredible the night was and how important it was that they continue to speak to Democrats.
On Friday, Pete Buttigieg sent my donor email a “sneak peek” of a new contest, which he launched to my non-donor email on Saturday. Though a standard debate ticket contest–donate through the link, be entered to possibly win two tickets to the debates plus hotel and plane fare–his subject immediately made me smile. “Houston, we have a contest.” Buttigieg isn’t the only campaign to put an emphasis on the way America came together to land a man on the moon, but his was the only campaign to crack that joke about the next debate location. And not only did he put it in the subject, but he kept the thread through the full body of the email, talking about lifting off to get to Houston and how his campaign has been described as a moonshot.
Buttigieg wasn’t the only candidate making jokes. Cory Booker was having fun with some old tweets dug up by the press.
Despite not being a dad (and in fact, not even being married), Booker has a penchant for dad jokes. And despite having a dad, I enjoy dad jokes that I can get a good groan at.
I must admit, I’m tempted. But my mug cupboard is already full!
Following the trend of campaigns with membership cards, Joe Biden offered me one of his own. His favorite word is “malarkey,” so of course, that’s on his card.
I’m waiting for a campaign to send membership cards to everyone who already donated. I’ve been a member of most of these campaigns for over a month now! Why don’t I have a full set of membership cards?
Out of all of the emails this weekend, only one asked me to donate outside of a campaign. Amy Klobuchar told me that it had been an honor to debate John Hickenlooper on stage and asked if I’d donate to his Senate run. It is, after all, critically important to flip the Senate and Hickenlooper is running to take a Republican’s seat.
It does make me ask: if the Senate is so important, why isn’t Klobuchar trying to hold her seat? We have a glut of Democratic Senators running for President. At least some of those seats are at-risk for going Republican if their occupant becomes the Presidential nominee. Why aren’t any of the Senators talking about who will come after them?