On Thursday, Andrew Yang triggered a pet peeve of mine, Pete Buttigieg doubled up on the contests, and Michael Bennet was excited about his prospects.
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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.
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Joe Biden and Julian Castro both sent me 4 emails on Thursday, while Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren sent me 3, but I’m still feeling a bit off-balance without all of Kamala and Steve’s messages.
It’s no secret that I’ve repeatedly found Andrew Yang’s merchandise fairly cringe-worthy. From his high school yearbook photos to the overuse of American flags to t-shirts that could just as easily proclaim you a drug dealer, he’s certainly made some questionable choices. However, nothing set me off the way his most recent holiday merch did.
According to an impromptu Twitter poll which received 60 votes, 83% of users agree with me: there is a difference between a sweatshirt and a sweater. As someone who takes pride in her ugly Christmas sweater choices, something like this above garment would never pass as a Christmas sweater. (As a Christmas sweatshirt, it’s fine.) This is not a Yang-specific issue for me, but Yang was just the most recent offender to cross my path.
Sweaters are knit.
Marianne Williamson sent her Politicized Love video again, because she had the wrong link in her last email, while Joe Biden sent a link and an email talking about his latest ad using footage of the world leaders mocking Trump at NATO. The world is laughing at us, he pointed out, and rightly so. That’s one of many reasons why it’s so important we thoroughly end this administration and clean out as much of the corruption from Congress as we can with this next election.
However, Biden did want to point out that while he’s amassed over 9 million views on his ad on Twitter, most people aren’t engaged with Twitter, so it’s crucial that he gets enough money to put it on the air where people will be able to see it.
Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo, an actor perhaps best known for playing The Hulk, has endorsed Bernie Sanders and asked me to join him in his support for Sanders. As a donor, he asked me to donate $2.70 to the cause, while as a non-donor, he simply asked me to sign my name. (It’s a good thing Ruffalo is only worth $30 million. If he’d been a billionaire, Sanders couldn’t have accepted the endorsement.)
Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren are both offering trips to the Los Angeles debates as their contests, but Buttigieg is also starting a new contest: Burgers with Pete. It doesn’t have the same ring to it as Pizza with Pete, but what really does?
The campaign staff really did try to make it fit.
The makings of a great burger are almost the same as those of a great campaign, if you think about it — many different types of things coming together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
And on the campaign trail, the best way to refuel for the road ahead is by enjoying burgers with supporters. Which is why we’re excited to share:Team Pete
Can I just repeat, again, that I really like the design team for this campaign?
Speaking of design team, Kamala’s team released some details from her brand guideline the other day, and man, did I geek out. It made me wish the other campaigns would release their guidelines. It’s not fair that I only get Buttigieg’s to play with!
Michael Bennet reported some great news for his campaign yesterday. James Carville said he’s for Bennet!
You remember James Carville, right?
Bill Clinton’s lead campaign strategist?
Yeah! He’s endorsing Bennet!
I have to admit, I can’t really see this moving the polls much. Especially since Carville has already said nice things about Bennet in the past.
Bennet also has the strongest cross-party support according to a recent study called “America in One Room.”
Cross-party support is good, and he does have good approval with the Democrats, but it’s worth noting that this is the Democratic primary. A lot of times, people become focused on who will sway Republicans, when really, we need to make sure we’re focused on who will win Democrats. If you’re inspiring the other party, run for that party. We need to get out the Democratic vote this time around! As several candidates, mostly Amy Klobuchar and Bennet keep repeating, it’s not just enough to win.
This time, we need to win big.