The weekend was full of asks for money. Julian Castro is actually too humble to do something, Marianne Williamson is picturing the future, and Joe Biden is trying to give Trump a heart attack.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! 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!
It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.
The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
In 2 days, both Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg sent 7 emails. The next most active over the weekend were Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang, each sending 5. Michael Bennet, Julian Castro, Deval Patrick, and Elizabeth Warren sent 4 emails each.
Saturday still gets a touch more attention than Sunday, but this weekend was practically a 50/50 split for once.
Deval Patrick’s emails were mainly Welcome emails this time, though I had marked them as Campaign Events yesterday because I had completely forgotten there was a Welcome category. It had been so long since any candidate welcomed me to the campaign.
Patrick’s fourth email was his first ask for money:
We’re starting from a disadvantage.
We have less than a year to build a campaign that has the strength and reach to win on November 3rd, and we’re competing in a field of candidates who have been building their campaigns and raising money for months, if not years.Team Deval
Whose poor planning and inability to make a firm decision led to this problem, Patrick? It wasn’t my poor planning. You chose to come late to the party. Now you have to deal with being at a disadvantage. Don’t foist your poor judgment on my shoulders.
Joe Sestak popped back into my inbox with an email a day, recapping a bit of what he’s been up to and telling me about the Nevada Dems event he was speaking at on Sunday.
Tom Steyer’s son promised me his dad would wear his tartan tie at the next debate. This makes two candidates obsessed over their debate neckwear, as Andrew Yang has previously gone so far as to sell copies of his no-tie look in his merch shop.
Julian Castro, meanwhile, has jumped the humble shark with an email from his campaign manager.
Julián is too humble to say it, but I will:
His qualifications and depth of experience far exceed those of candidates who are constantly in the limelight.
Julián has pioneered policies and spoken out for marginalized communities because it’s the right thing to do — not the opportunistic thing to do.
But regardless, the way he’s been ignored and discounted in this race is disgraceful.
The bottom line is: We cannot allow billions on flashy ad campaigns, media bias, and pandering to the wealthy elite to be what matters most in this Democratic Primary.Maya Rupert, Campaign Manager, Julian for the Future
I’ll admit, I laughed when I read this. Of course he’s too humble!
At least the campaign seems to have pivoted away from talking about Mama Castro. Though, uh… I did notice this in his footer, and when I checked… 573 out of 609 of his emails included it.
A poll came out over the weekend showing Pete Buttigieg leading in Iowa by 9 points, and an email followed shortly thereafter to let me know… but it didn’t come from the Buttigieg campaign. (The Buttigieg campaign actually never talks to me about their polling numbers or how they do compared to other candidates/how other candidates are doing.)
Only Cory Booker would look at a poll showing a new opponent taking the lead in a state and go “That means I can too!” His optimism never fails to cheer me up a little… though I’m not sure it’s really warranted at this point in the race. Booker has been struggling all race to gain any small amount of traction.
Amy Klobuchar invited her followers to sign a good luck card for her for the next debate, while Tom Steyer asked for words of encouragement. Marianne Williamson talked to me about how every time they thought their campaign was at its end financially, her supporters stepped up to see her through to a new goal, and they’re trusting it will happen again.
She also sent me this vision of the future.
I’m 35,000 feet in the air, looking down. Underneath are states and towns full of Americans going about their business. Are they aware of the change that is coming?
Sitting here—in the stratosphere and the clouds—here is what I am thinking about:
It’s March 2024, the beginning of President Williamson’s second term. You are picking up your kids at school or getting ready for yoga class and the conversation turns to you…
A friends might ask you—“How did you know last election that Marianne Williamson was the leader that we needed?” In 2019, all I remember was America’s strife, and exhaustion, and finger-pointing. So many candidates, jumping in the race out of fear, but lacking a vision for real change. Then………one voice……quiet at first, then growing, emerged to present this vision.
“How did you know so early that she would be the leader we were talking about wanting but couldn’t see was right in front of us? How did you know to pick her out amidst all that background noise?”
All of you who support Marianne have this in common: You know what others do not yet know. You see what others cannot yet glimpse. It is a profound act of faith to allow the “better angels of our nature,” as Abraham Lincoln called it, to guide us to our greatness. While others may doubt, you know that this country is destined for great things. That we are a nation of good. That there is a path to being better. That Marianne can show us the way.
We are turning outwards now, applying our principles of self-transformation to politics. As Marianne begins to name that which ills us as a nation, now, we are working to collectively change it. And in 5 years time, folks will ask you, how did you know to do that? To take that courageous step and ask others to follow you too? To stay on the path of what is right and just, even in the face of disbelief, to reach a promise of that which had never been seen?
We are a group who seek the truth for the greater good, despite obstacles and naysayers. Thanks to Marianne, even if we are small compared to some campaigns, we are a force for America and we refuse to back down.
The abolitionists didn’t know an America without slavery was possible. The suffragettes didn’t know an America where women could vote was possible. The civil rights marchers didn’t know an America without segregation was achievable. Their commitment and faith in the impossible led them to create a new national reality from their unforeseen faith. And when, out of our faith, we have transformed our government and our politics and secured our better future, our nation will applaud our vision with equal fervor as they do those who have transformed our nation before.
I admire all of you—trailblazers, healers, visionaries, and dreamers. To stand with you is to see greatness and know that it is near.Patricia Ewing, Campaign Manager, Marianne Williamson for President
Moms who do yoga. Why am I not surprised that this is how Williamson’s campaign views her supporters?
Honestly, I’m just ready for these flowery emails to end.
Michael Bennet was excited that he hit his mid-month goal (a couple days late), and he was wondering if he could take advantage of the surge of donations to get a few more. Considering it took him all day to raise $867, I’m not going to hold my breath for his financial support.
Elizabeth Warren informed me that when I donated, I was making a statement for the type of President I wanted, whereas Joe Biden told me that I should donate to scare Trump.
John Delaney repeated his email from earlier about his opponents not being honest, while Steve Bullock is still getting public matching funds for donations up to $250. Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg sent an email talking about how the Super Tuesday states are nearly 90% mobilized already, and sent another one talking about how the campaign has been connecting with people (and then repeating that email in case I didn’t catch it the first time).
The most exciting offer of the weekend probably came from Andrew Yang, who has taken to addressing me by name these days. Free with any purchase in his merch store, I can get a two-pack of bumper stickers! While supplies last.