Day 205: 12/11/19

On Thursday, Bernie Sanders is offering up a copy of his book, Pete Buttigieg is trying to manipulate me into buying his merch with cute animals, and Joe Biden is asking if he can ask me later to give him money.


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.

Spikes and dips.

With 4 emails each, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Julian Castro were the busiest emailers on Wednesday. Amy Klobuchar and Marianne Williamson sent 3 emails each, while Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang sent only 2.

I eventually decided to put talk of Bloomberg’s ad buy under News Events.

A lot of people wanted to talk about Mike Bloomberg’s $100 million + ad buy. Cory Booker still needs help getting his ads on the air. Elizabeth Warren pointed out that Bloomberg has spent more in five weeks than all of the non-billionaire candidates combined. Joe Biden is worried that his voice is being drowned out (even though we know he’s the only one ready for the job). Julian Castro is upset that one man is spending more in the field than those of them who had worked for a year.

It’s the holiday season and merch is booming.

Bernie Sanders has decided that the best way to fight back against all these rich opponents is to offer copies of his book, Our Revolution, free with a donation of any size ($12 recommended).

He offered Where We Go From Here earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, Andrew Yang has restocked his marijuana MATH beanie. Pete Buttigieg has added some new merch to his store as well, and told me that this is the last week to get items before Christmas.

This is the most beautiful picture of a dog I have ever seen.

Yes, Buttigieg has added pet collars to his store. Not just dog collars, as modeled by his first dog, Truman, above, but also cat collars! This makes Buttigieg the second candidate to offer cat collars for his supporters. Elizabeth Warren was the first, with her Purr-sist collars. Buttigieg’s is a less punny Purrs for Pete. However, I believe Buttigieg’s is $5 cheaper, at only $20. If I recall correctly, Warren’s was $25. (It is currently sold out.)

Buttigieg also led this email with the subject “This email contains dog pictures.” His email team still knows his audience well.

Marianne Williamson encouraged me to register for her livestream with Deepak Chopra again. She included a picture this time:

Neither of them look happy.

I have to say, running for President is not what you do if you want to stay looking young and fit. Even Buttigieg is losing his youthful vigor these days.

Williamson also sent an email from a cardiologist who was praising her whole health plan and talked about how her father was an immigration lawyer and her grandparents were all immigrants, so she can say that there is a massive problem with how immigrants are treated in America these days. I don’t think you need to have that level of immigration connection to be able to say there’s a problem: I can trace my family back to the American Revolution and I think there’s a massive problem in how we treat people who come to us for help or a new start.

While Pete Buttigieg sends emails about being statistically tied with Trump in a head to head in Arizona, of all places (and remember, this far out, those polls don’t measure much more than name recognition), Joe Biden is really hurting for cash. How can I tell?

Technically not an ask for a donation.

He’s started begging me to let him beg me for money later.

Of course, he’s still asking for money now, and I have a feeling that by not signing this, I’m not actually stopping him from begging me for money later. (Did I know that of the $2 million spent on attack ads against Biden, 92% of them came from Trump!? He needs to fight back!). Still, it’s starting to show his worry.

Meanwhile, Julian Castro continues to stomp around and shout about why he’s the best choice for the party, and no one else.

Subject: I won’t be naïve

He’s absolutely right: the Republicans aren’t going to compromise in good faith. At the same time, I cannot believe he isn’t naïve if he thinks that he’s the one who will ignite a coalition excited to win big.

This far out, polls may not mean all that much, but if every poll has you raking in about 1% of the interest… there might be a problem with your chances.

Does Deval Patrick remember he joined the race?

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