Day 183: 11/19/19

Tuesday marked the last day before debate day, and that’s all anyone wanted to talk about. If it wasn’t about the debate, it was raising money for the debate. Or the next debate. Amy Klobuchar is excited to challenge Trump. Andrew Yang has a new button. And Bernie Sanders is never satisfied.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 18 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!

On the eve of Debate Day and all through the inbox…

Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Julian Castro all sent 4 emails on Tuesday, while Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Andrew Yang sent 3. Michael Bennet, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson sent 2 emails each. Of the candidates on the debate stage, only Tulsi Gabbard did not send any emails.

Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

The majority of emails yesterday were about the debate, with Elizabeth Warren jumping out at 2:27 AM to let me know about a debate watch party a couple towns over. I didn’t RSVP, unfortunately, as I already have plans to hang out with a local young Democrats group to watch the debate. (Reminder: bring popcorn).

Pete Buttigieg was the next to email about the debates, pushing for 500 donations from every state before the debate. Cory Booker was more focused on the December debates, which he still hasn’t qualified for yet.

Amy Klobuchar seemed to forget that these were the Democratic debates, as her debate emails were all about picturing Klobuchar debating Trump. She would wipe the floor with him! her team declared. “Amy is excited to take the fight directly to Donald Trump in tomorrow’s debate.”

Trump will not be at the debate.

He will not be in the debate.

I do not understand why there is so much obsession over who would be great against Trump on a debate stage. Everyone! Everyone would! And it wouldn’t matter! Did nobody watch the 2016 debates, where Hillary Clinton turned Trump into a sock puppet? And Trump still won! Anyone who tells me “we need a candidate who can face Trump on the debate stage” is also telling me that they weren’t paying any attention to the mistakes of the past.

At least Klobuchar is also taking a moment to say thank you for all of us who got her this far.

Kamala Harris isn’t focusing on Trump at the moment. She’s just stepping out of debate prep to ask me to give. Joe Biden is focusing on Trump, but that’s nothing new. He is hoping to hit his $2 million fundraising goal by debate night.

Interestingly, the Biden campaign has dropped the “It’s his birthday!” angle. They sent me a good-luck card to sign for Biden.

Tom Steyer asked for more donors for the December debate, while Andrew Yang is excited for the chance to make me proud on the debate stage. Yang also, of course, has a new commemorative button for the debate.

Biden’s good luck card is the Other.

Julian Castro isn’t going to be on the November debate stage, and he won’t let himself miss the December debates. He just found out that the December debate threshold was raised, and he needs 200,000 donors to get there.

Mind you, everyone else knew this last month.

Castro also has an eye on the Iowa caucuses.

I grew up with a grandmother who had come from México when she was seven years old. She was an orphan. She lost her parents and she worked as a maid, a cook, and a babysitter for her whole life. She raised my mom as a single parent, and my mom raised me and my brother as a single parent.

I think in our community people have had to deal with a lot more challenges than running for president;

and we’ve been determined,
and we’ve been persistent,
and we’ve stuck it through,
and we’ve kept going,
and we haven’t quit,
and we’ve kept pushing and trying to change things.

And that’s what I’m going to do. I won’t quit. We’re going through, working to get to Iowa and building strength.

There are 10 weeks left until the Iowa caucus, and these days, ten weeks is ten lifetimes in politics.

Now, the DNC set these debate thresholds in place. Those are the rules that we’re operating under in this race. And of course, I’m going to operate under these rules.

But, it’s wrong that people should be able to buy their way onto the stage.

Chip in now to keep us building strong and show that we won’t quit:

Julian Castro

At least he’s acknowledging that he’s going to follow the rules, even if he doesn’t like them. And oh, there’s his mother and grandmother again. Guess my hopes that this was a new phase of his campaign messaging was for naught.

Marianne Williamson wanted to talk to me about how spirituality relates to politics (I’m still not entirely sure) and asked me to give more than I’ve given before: if I gave $1 in the past, I should give $5 now. If I gave $5, I should give $10.

Bernie Sanders also wanted me to give more. He told me how great things were going for him, but also how they weren’t going great enough.

We’re feeling good. Here’s why:

We’ve got the people: our campaign has more volunteers, knocking on more doors and making more phone calls than anyone else in this race.

We’ve got the energy: poll after poll shows that Bernie voters are FIRED UP and have their minds made up — way more than anyone else’s supporters.

Bernie’s got us: More than 1 million people have chipped in millions of times to build this campaign. Because Bernie cannot do this alone. It will take all of us to win this election, defeat Donald Trump, and transform our country.

We are taking on billionaires, super PACs, and practically the whole 1 percent of this country. And we’re doing quite well.

But we’re coming up 4,453 short of the number of donations we need to not fall behind today. That’s a number that we can reach if Bernie’s top supporters chip in from this email.

Team Bernie

“Good but not good enough” seems to be the motto of Sanders’ campaign. It’s really growing old.

I was asked if we’d hit 10,000 emails this year. Of course we will.

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