Day 175: 11/11/19

Monday, 11/11, was Veterans’ day, a time to reflect on the service of our service members.

Not all the candidates bothered with that nonsense.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 17 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!

I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).

When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.

Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!

Someone didn’t get the memo that this was a holiday.

Joe Biden sent a total of 5 emails on Monday, while Marianne Williamson sent 3. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren all sent 2.

Nearly as many info emails as donate emails.

With Monday being Veterans’ Day, many candidates took a moment to pay tribute to our service women and men. Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, Julian Castro, Steve Bullock, and Tulsi Gabbard all had messages for veterans. Marianne Williamson talked a lot about veterans, but I’ll admit, I was put off by her requests for donations in those emails and also a story she shared of an incredibly moving experience with a female veteran.

One of my most searing memories is of a young soldier I met a few years ago sitting next to me on an airplane. She was a beautiful blonde, a member of the US military serving in the Middle East, on short leave and on her way to meet her boyfriend who was also on leave that weekend. I was deeply impressed by our conversation as she described to me some of her experiences.

As we got off the plane, she said, “May I ask you something?”  

I said, “Sure!”    

With that, she undid her ponytail and allowed her long blonde hair to fall to her shoulders. She looked at me with a sparkle in her eyes and said, “Which do you think is better? My hair up or my hair down? I really want him to like it when he sees me.”

I said, “Down!” She smiled shyly and said, “Thanks. I thought that.”

As I walked away I had tears in my eyes, realizing that this brave young soldier was just like any other young woman who was excited about seeing her boyfriend that day. I said a silent prayer for her protection in the continuation of her service, and I have thought about her several times since.

Marianne Williamson

I can’t quite put my finger on what made me shudder about this passage. I think it had to do with the focus on the beauty of this young soldier instead of, you know, anything about her serving our country in a Veterans’ Day email. Williamson’s Veterans’ Day insight: They’re people just like us!

Though several candidates had their standard post-signature donation buttons in their emails about Veterans’ Day, most of them didn’t ask for money when honoring our troops. Those who did ask for money included:

  • Cory Booker, who has set an aggressive goal of $550,000 and needs help to get there (no talk of veterans).
  • Bernie Sanders, who is having huge rallies in Iowa and is going to win because of all of his momentum, so chip in $2.70 to help (no talk of veterans)
  • Marianne Williamson, who really needs help getting her exposure up because the only solution to the problems facing the U.S. right now is a spiritual solution of the sort only Williamson is bringing to the table
  • Kamala Harris, who is worried about Joe Biden’s Super PAC and the ads it’s about to start (no talk of veterans)
  • Tom Steyer, who needs to get on the debate stage still.
  • Michael Bennet, who launched a contest where a lucky donor can have breakfast with him
  • Elizabeth Warren, who has new stickers and magnets
  • and Joe Biden, who had a CNN town hall and is in the lead thanks to us, so he needs our help to cement his frontrunner status.
News Events = Holidays

Because Veterans’ Day was the topic of many emails, News Events was the runaway topic of the day. Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Steve Bullock all released their veteran policies today.

Joe Biden released his Ridin’ with Biden sticker.

It was very interesting to note, also, that while anyone who talked about veterans said they were full of gratitude and appreciation, only Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bennet actually said “Thank you” to the veterans who have served and/or are still serving today.

It was also interesting to note how candidates would try to tie themselves to military service. Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard both served, obviously. Elizabeth Warren talked about understanding through her brothers’ service. Tom Steyer and Marianne Williamson had fathers who served. Julian Castro used to be mayor of “Military City, U.S.A.” They all agreed it was important to look after our veterans.

I think that might be one topic that most of America agrees on.

So many colors still…

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