Days 187 and 188: 11/23/19-11/24/19

Over the weekend, Mike Bloomberg made waves, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard announced cold-weather gear, and Andrew Yang complained about the debates.


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.

I miss Wayne Messam.

Joe Biden seized the weekend with 8 emails in 2 days, followed by Pete Buttigieg at 6 and Cory Booker and Kamala Harris tying for 5. Mike Bloomberg joined the race with 1 email.

As evenly split as an odd number can be.

The weekend was fairly balanced between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday received only one extra email.

The debates are fading from the immediate present.

Pete Buttigieg has already started up a debate contest for December, though his isn’t the first campaign to do so. Tom Steyer had tickets for the December debates as a potential prize for people who donated… and Steyer hasn’t even qualified for December yet. He’s still trying to get the necessary donors. At least Buttigieg is offering tickets to an event he’ll definitely be present at!

Mike Bloomberg entered the primary race on Sunday, but he was already being talked about the most. Cory Booker pointed out a fact from a New York Times article:

“The scope of Mr. Bloomberg’s ad buy is staggering. It costs more than some smaller campaigns have spent all year on advertising, and more than what Senator Cory Booker had raised in donations from February through the end of September.”

New York Times

Julian Castro also lashed out at Bloomberg for his ad buys.

As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg has entered the 2020 Presidential race.


You know what that means: 

– TV airwaves will be flooded with his ads.
– He pledged to spend $100 million on Facebook alone.
– Like Trump, the news is going to give him endless free media (not that they need it.)

Julian Castro

Steve Bullock was also upset about yet more Big Money coming into the Democratic primary.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg just announced he’s running for President.

He’s already vowed to spend a whopping $30 MILLION on TV ads — just in one week!

Now that Bloomberg is dominating the airwaves, it’s more important than ever that we keep our ads on the air.

But if we don’t raise $275,089 more in the next 7 days, we’ll be forced to go dark! Can you chip in right now to make sure we don’t have to cancel our critical ads?

Steve Bullock

Of course, Mike Bloomberg himself had to send a welcome email to me.

Mike is running for President to get big things done and solve tough problems. That starts with creating more good-paying jobs and providing quality health care for every American. It also means reducing gun violence, fighting climate change, fixing our broken immigration system, and raising taxes on wealthy individuals – like Mike – to make the economy work for everyone.

We can rebuild our country – and make it fairer and better. And Mike is ready to get working and once again bring people together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to the big, important challenges that we face.

That’s the true spirit of this country – and the time to act is now.

Here are three ways you can get involved right now:

1. Join us on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
2. Say you’re in and sign up to volunteer here.
3. Forward this email to a friend and tell them why Mike is running.

More soon but in the meantime, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Thanks for being a part of this right from the beginning,

Team Bloomberg 2020

Notice anything missing from that email?

No donation ask.

Bloomberg has said he will not be taking campaign donations, and sure enough, I couldn’t find a donate button on his website. He did have a campaign merch store, which counts as campaign donations, but no straight donations.

Already, I can tell we’re going to have some issues. His campaign logo doesn’t even capitalize his own name.

Other is from Pete Buttigieg

Though Bloomberg didn’t ask for money, he did ask for volunteers, social media sharing, and email forwarding. Anything to start spreading his message.

Merch has been a growing ask. With Black Friday this week, the holiday shopping season is revving up, and campaigns are trying to capitalize on that. Amy Klobuchar specifically suggested holiday shopping on her store, while Tulsi Gabbard launched some winter-weather gear.

Gabbard also launched a diatribe about how October was her best month thanks to the smear campaign from Hillary Clinton and the corporate smear machine and does this woman not realize she’s running on a message of unity and respect for everyone?

Pete Buttigieg suggested I film a short video of my story why I support the Buttigieg campaign, while Andrew Yang expressed his displeasure over the media blackout. He railed against MSNBC for giving him an unfair amount of speaking time.

Tanya’s analysis so far revealed that actually, Yang was the only candidate who did not use his entire allotted speaking time.

Yang was 3 seconds short of what he was allowed.

The above graph is for questions asked of the candidates only and does not include rebuttal time.

It’s worth noting that in addition to other candidates not calling Yang out and thus giving him response seconds, Yang also did not use all of his allotted time. It is not the network’s fault if you do not give long answers.

Red line is 75 seconds, the allowed answer time.

Andrew Yang has plenty of reasons to be upset with his coverage on MSNBC, but by focusing his anger on the things outside of the network’s control–how long he talks and how much other candidates talk to him during a debate–instead of things that are under the network’s control–being left off of graphics and out of poll recap information–he comes across looking petty and childish. It’s frustrating to watch, because the man does have a decent argument for media mistreatment. He’s just squandering it in favor of crying wolf.

Elizabeth Warren has nearly hit 400 emails!

2 thoughts on “Days 187 and 188: 11/23/19-11/24/19

  1. I don’t know if you realize this but Yang is mostly upset about not being asked a single question for the first 30+ minutes, and he was upset about being left off 15+ polling graphics, and as well, none of his questions at the debate were relevant to his platform.


    1. I’m aware of his argument on Twitter, and I’ve spoken in defense of him there, but here I’m referring specifically to what he’s emailed me.

      “Andrew has qualified for all five of the debates so far.

      However, at each debate, Andrew has had less speaking time than the other candidates.

      It took the moderators at the November debate over 30 minutes to call on Andrew, even though they pledged to give all the candidates equal speaking time.

      We have to fight this media blackout head on, that’s why we are asking: Can you help us keep Andrew’s message on air to fight the #YangMediaBlackout? Every dollar you give helps ensure we can keep ads online and on TV in early states.”

      The moderators pledged to give the candidates equal questions, so he’s already predicated his argument on a false statement, and he did get a fair number of questions for how many candidates were on stage.

      I noticed that a lot of candidates weren’t getting questions on their signature policies, so I interpreted that as a deliberate attempt but the moderators to get the candidates off their stumps. This wasn’t a point of argument that Yang made on emails.

      The graphics thing, he has every right to be angry over. I’m angry on his behalf about it. But he didn’t talk about it in this email. Instead of laying out an argument of “here are all the ways you had complete control over the situation and I got overlooked, including the number of times you were called out already and apologized,” he picked the absolute weakest point of his argument–none of the candidates talked to me during the debate/I didn’t push my time limits and you didn’t give me extra questions to make up for that–and rested his entire argument on that.

      I’ll also give him the upset over the 30 minutes to speak, though, again, they didn’t say “everyone gets questions distributed evenly.” Warren could argue that she got no questions in the middle of the debate.

      If Yang wants this bias to be taken seriously by people not in the know, he needs to build his case on the strongest point of evidence, where ONLY MSNBC can be at fault.


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