Day 191: 11/27/19

Happy Thanksgiving all my American readers! I hope you’re having a good day, and if not, I hope this escape into the world of political emails somehow manages to make your day better. (Did you tell all your family to follow But Their Emails!? You should!)

The day before Thanksgiving, last-minute donation asks were coming in. Michael Bennet, Marianne Williamson, and Pete Buttigieg all asked me for something other than money. Joe Biden begged me to be kind. Bernie Sanders couldn’t decide if he was happy or not. And Cory Booker was looking out for me.


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.

T’was the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the inbox all the campaigns were stirring and begging for cash.

Julian Castro was the most prolific emailer yet again, sending 5 emails in one day. Pete Buttigieg came in second with 4, though one of those emails was specific to my location in a marathon state. Quite a few candidates sent out 3 emails on Thanksgiving Eve, including Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Andrew Yang.

White doesn’t usually take up so much space.

This year, Michael Bennet’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving, so his wife asked me to sign his birthday card. She was hoping to get 20,000 grateful supporters to show Bennet that they were thinking about him.

Marianne Williamson will be hosting a social media Ask Marianne Anything on Friday, and she invited me to send in my questions.

I will be refraining from asking her questions.

Williamson also wanted to talk about her six pillars for a season of moral repair. Now that she released her Whole Health plan, she has revealed all six pillars.

Her approach is the holistic one.

She told me how everywhere she goes, people assure her that her voice is vital to keep in the conversation, but she pointed out that she can’t stay in the conversation if she doesn’t have her campaign… so please give her money. Money is important to campaigning.

Pete Buttigieg also asked for something unconventional, though once again, it was to record my story of why I support him. Somehow, I don’t think “I need your emails for my blog” is really what he’s looking for, but then again, it IS something different…

Buttigieg was also offering up his Rules of the Road spinny sticker again. (I don’t think it ACTUALLY spins, I think it’s just the GIF that spins.) He offered this “free with donation” before the fifth debate and it looks like it’s available again. He also gave me some talking points for his college affordability plan, and he invited me to sign up for his Boot-Edge-ucation training seminars to learn how to be a leader in the marathon states.

Yes, I groaned, And smiled a little.

Elizabeth Warren also has a sticker she’s offering for a donation, but hers is a new design.

I'm tired of freeloading billionaires sticker
Her design team keeps on cranking.

I suppose her current fight is with billionaires, judging by this and the “Billionaire Tears” mug she offers in her store.

Do you know who else is already frustrated with the billionaires in the race? Deval Patrick. He let me know that his opponents have been spending tens of millions of dollars on ad buys, including one who spent $30 million on an ad buy! He doesn’t have that money, because he just got started, so he needs me to donate so he can catch up.

(Psst, Patrick, Mike Bloomberg spent that much on an ad buy because he just got started and needs to catch up. Maybe this should be a lesson to those of you who think you can jump the line…)

Thanksgiving fell under News Events if they actually talked about it a little.

Joe Biden dropped the threats and just moped around on Wednesday. Not only were his emails apologetic and woeful, he even sent me an email to recap all of his misery, in case I missed it.

I’ll be looking for that break…

I really don’t know what to say to Biden. He wants me to believe he can beat Donald Trump? Then why is he projecting a leader who can’t find happiness so close to a holiday of being thankful?

One campaign that was joyful was that of Bernie Sanders.

Talk about confidence!

I tweeted this picture because of the confidence and immediately got pushback from people saying the numbers didn’t look right. Well, you know me and charts and accuracy. I looked up the polls in question. I put down the numbers. I made my own chart.

I didn’t even have to change the default colors.

My chart matched Sanders’ chart, which made me confident to say that whoever made that email was using Google Sheets. However, it’s also worth noting that this chart shows only one poll: Morning Consult’s early state tracking. Sure, Sanders is going up in the early states…

This is the same pollster, but actually using the national numbers.

…but if you look at the national stuff, he’s pretty stagnant. I used the exact same pollster and the poll done over the exact same days, but using their national numbers instead of just the early state numbers. Didn’t change anything else in the chart. As you can see, Sanders didn’t gain anything he didn’t already have, though Tom Steyer did manage to double his polling numbers, from 1% to 2%.

As with any poll, take the numbers with a grain of salt, look at a variety of polls, and read the fine print when you’re shown a pretty chart. Polls this far out are better at showing trends of popularity than guaranteeing results.

As if fully aware of this, Sanders’ next email, sent to my non-donor inbox (the chart went only to my donor inbox) had the subject line “Not great.”

Don’t forget, they don’t care about how much money they bring in, only how many donors they have!

Cory Booker sent me some emails trying to get his $1.5 million goal before the end of the month. His Director of Millennial and Influencer Engagement wrote to me to tell me something I already was pretty sure of: Booker is genuinely just a great guy.

One of the things that drew me to Cory is he’s just a genuinely good person. He’s a champion for the causes that are so important to me and so many others — like criminal justice reform, reproductive justice, affordable housing, and undoing historically harmful policies that have left so many Americans and so many communities behind. He’s a leader who understands and speaks to the issues — addressing Black maternal mortality, supporting HBCUs, increasing police accountability, combating white nationalism, providing economic empowerment — that I face as a Black woman in America.

Cory approaches these fights from a different angle. He understands his place and platform, which allows him to learn how to be the best ally he can be. I trust that he has my best interests at heart.

Christina Coleman, Director of Millennial & Influencer Engagement, Cory 2020

Booker himself sent me one of the last emails of the night with a message I appreciated.

I truly hope you’re able to log off and spend time with your family and loved ones soon — that’s what I plan on doing shortly.

But before we all go offline, I want to make sure you know how thankful I am for this team. So many of you have stepped up to build this campaign since the last debate, and your support means the world to me.

My team won’t let me forget to mention that we still need to qualify for the next debate, and that’s why we set a goal to raise $1.5 million by Saturday.

I’m reaching out one last time ahead of your holiday plans to ask you — if you believe in our message of unity and courageous empathy — to make a donation to this effort.

I hope your next few days are filled with love, joy, and a profound sense of gratitude. I know mine will be.

Cory Booker

The subject line was “Please tell me you’re able to go offline soon.” It was very fitting with what I do with all these emails. I know it’s just a form letter, I know it was sent to hundreds of thousands of people, but at the same time… it made me smile a little. Made me feel like Booker was looking out for me.

And so now, Cory Booker, yes, I’m going to go offline and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and with my cats.

I am thankful this chart counts everything automatically.

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