With less than a week to go before the next debate, the campaigns are trying all sorts of ways to get my attention. Pete Buttigieg announced his LGBTQ+ policy, Elizabeth Warren told me what I could expect from her on the debate stage, and Joe Biden crowed over Trump. Oh, and Tulsi Gabbard is considering boycotting the debate.
Before I begin, I want to say that there might not be a new BTE on Saturday due to scheduling conflicts.
Anyway! Pete Buttigieg claimed the dubious title of “Most Frequent Emailer” on Thursday with a total of 4 emails sent. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar all sent 3 emails each.
What got Buttigieg all riled up? A variety of things, it turns out.
Pete Buttigieg started the morning by dropping his LGBTQ+ policy in my inbox. Not only did he talk about what it means to stand up for LGBTQ+ rights, but he even changed his campaign logo at the top of his email to his Pride version.
He continued on a little later with a notification about a campaign event they were calling “Boot-Pledge-Pledge,” a play on the pronunciation guide for his name, “Boot-Edge-Edge.” This weekend, apparently, Buttigieg supporters across the country are phone banking to try to get people pledging to vote or caucus for him in the early states.
He then reminded me later about his second Pizza with Pete contest with a pun subject (why am I so weak for puns?) “You’re a pizz-a this campaign.” It made me giggle, as most puns do.
Closer to the end of the day, Buttigieg sent out another reminder for the pizza contest, without the pun, and he also sent a thank you to my donor account for taking his survey and asking if I could share it with friends.
Elizabeth Warren also had a lot to say on Thursday, but none of it was really new.
Here’s what you can expect from Elizabeth on debate night:
She’ll keep putting the spotlight on how our economy and our government only work for a thin slice at the top — and how we can fight back. She won’t waste even a second when she has this powerfully important chance to invite millions of Americans to join this grassroots movement.Team Warren
She sent out several fundraising emails that were variants on the same theme.
When Elizabeth talks about her plans to fight for big, structural change — plans that will end corruption in Washington and make our government work for working people — people around the country see that this fight is their fight, too.
The debates may get a lot of attention, but investing in person-to-person organizing — in conversations between volunteers and voters, and friends and family members — is what will make the difference in this race.
Elizabeth is getting ready to ask millions of Americans to join her in the fight, and we’re getting ready to welcome them into this grassroots movement.
It takes real resources to keep growing this team, and that comes down to grassroots donors reading emails like this one and deciding to make a contribution. Please chip in to keep fighting by Elizabeth’s side.Team Warren
Guess we’ll be hearing about big, structural change to end Washington corruption on the debate stage, same as she’s mentioned in most of her fundraising emails.
Warren did include an email to let me know that her hand-lettered quotes from t-shirts are now available as stickers and totes and other merch. I have to admit, I’m developing a real love for hand-lettered quote art.
The campaign asks varied wildly over the day, from Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar asking me to split donations (with them and Amy McGrath and Tina Smith respectively), while Kamala Harris was fretting about being behind on her goal. Bernie Sanders wanted to know why I supported his campaign for president, while Michael Bennet wanted to know if I agreed with his plan to deal with the housing crisis. Marianne Williamson offered me a clip about her education policy to watch, and Joe Biden was upset about Trump.
Very upset about Trump.
You see, Biden had called for Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday, and then he acted as if he were the first and only calling for Trump’s impeachment. Now all of Trump’s anger about the impeachment inquiry is clearly just a strike back at Biden, and Biden needs to raise more money, fast, to deal with it!
I’m already exhausted with Biden’s emails on this topic. Italics, bold, all-caps, yellow highlight… we get it. You and Trump can’t stand each other, and you’ve spotted an opportunity to make a quick buck.
But speaking of someone spotting an opportunity, Tulsi Gabbard is trying to snare some media attention. Remember how upset she was that she had been blocked from the last debate because she didn’t make the qualifications? Remember how she railed against the “media darlings” of Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren who were getting millions in free advertising because they had made the stage?
Well, now that Gabbard is on the October stage, she’s thinking about maybe boycotting it.
There are so many of you who I’ve met in Iowa and New Hampshire who have expressed to me how frustrated you are that the DNC and corporate media are essentially trying to usurp your role as voters in choosing who our Democratic nominee will be.
I share your concerns, and I’m sure that all our supporters throughout the country do as well.
The 2016 Democratic Primary election was rigged by the DNC and their partners in the corporate media against Bernie Sanders.
In this 2020 election, the DNC and corporate media are rigging the election again, but this time against the American people in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.
They are attempting to replace the roles of voters in the early states, using polling and other arbitrary methods which are not transparent or democratic, and holding so-called debates which are not debates at all but rather commercialized reality television meant to entertain, not inform or enlighten
In short, the DNC and corporate media are trying to hijack the entire election process.
In order to bring attention to this serious threat to our democracy, and ensure your voice is heard, I am giving serious consideration to boycotting the next debate on October 15th. I will announce my decision within the next few days.
With my deepest, and warmest aloha, thank you all again for your support.Tulsi Gabbard
There’s this thing in the various civil rights movements: giving someone else a seat at the table does not mean you lose your seat. The early states have long been the “deciders” of our candidates, but who decided that they get to? The DNC’s new rules are opening the field up a little broader, making sure that all of America can weigh in on the candidates in the early days of the primary if they so choose.
This is not demeaning the early states. It’s not “rigging” the election against the American people. If anything, it’s unrigging the election!
Now, I fully agree we have a problem with how the primaries are covered and the way the media tells the stories around the election, but that’s not trying to rig the election against the early states. It’s not because the DNC is pulling on the strings.
Honestly, I’m so upset at how many Democrats are easily jumping to the narrative of “rigged DNC!” this cycle. We already know Trump is doing everything he can to rig the election. Why is our side helping him destroy the confidence in the vote?