Day 211: 12/17/19

Though Bernie Sanders still hasn’t forgotten about that wine cave he wasn’t invited to, Tuesday brought despair from Joe Biden and joy from Cory Booker.


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.

Lots of emails.

Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Julian Castro all tied for the most emails sent on Tuesday, with 4 each. Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson each sent 3. Only Cory Booker and Andrew Yang sent 2 emails on Tuesday.

What I want to hear about at the debate is important to a couple candidates.

Every time a debate rolls around, I get emails asking me to take a survey on which issues are the most important to me and what I want to hear about at the debate. Every time, I’m confused. I’ve watched all the debates this year, and I’ve never once seen a candidate actually control the conversation. The moderators ask the questions, the candidates either answer or pivot to something wildly different. When they pivot, I don’t think “Gee, I wanted to hear more about climate change!” I think “Pff, how in the world does that answer the question of how you’ll handle overwhelming student loans?” If anything, the moderators should be the ones sending me emails asking what I want to hear about at the debates.

Regardless, Andrew Yang wanted to know what I wanted him to talk about at the debate, while Tulsi Gabbard just wanted to know what I considered important, period.

Candidates have also been asking me to volunteer more. Bernie Sanders wants me to download his BERN app (available on both iOS and Android), while Andrew Yang is calling for all hands on deck in Iowa. Amy Klobuchar is excited for the next debate and looking forward to it, while Julian Castro told me a story about how he had to choose between his job or his integrity and picked his integrity (and nearly lost his house because of it).

Castro has certainly been pushing two narratives recently: “I’m just like you” and “I’m the most truthful.” Both would have served him better much earlier in the campaign, when he actually had a chance.

The debates are going to continue to rise this week, but fundraising will remain important.

Marianne Williamson decided to look back on the year with the top five articles written about her candidacy and asked me to donate to support her. Michael Bennet, on the other hand, flush on his high of hitting his $30,000 donation goal (I think?), told me quite frankly that he needs to raise $700,000 in the next 30 days in order to stay viable through New Hampshire. This, I found interesting. Most candidates have their deadlines as “debate night” or “end of month/FEC deadline.” Bennet’s has his halfway through January next year. For no other reason than that, I think he’s telling the truth: this is a make or break amount for him.

John Delaney informed me that he can’t afford to lose my support at this point in the race. With any other candidate, I would have laughed, but with Delaney… I think he really means it. My $1 is a huge percentage of his total fundraising compared to everyone else.

Bernie Sanders told me the worst part of campaigning was needing obscene amounts of money (like the sort you get from wine cellar fundraisers). Yes, that’s right, Sanders is continuing to fundraise off of Pete Buttigieg’s fundraiser.

Pete Buttigieg is undeterred, instead offering me a chance to see Hadestown with Chasten, his husband. His musical-loving husband. Hmm. Maybe there’s a conspiracy here. Maybe the real reason Buttigieg is running for President is so Chasten has excuses to see all these Broadway musicals. First it was Hamilton, now it’s Hadestown… what’s next? CATS?

I’d so go to see CATS with Chasten. Or anyone, really.

Elizabeth Warren is also having a contest: grab a beer with her. Again.

Joe Biden is doing his old method of “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.” He first began with a scare tactic about the headlines after the next election

I think he’s missing some other potential outcomes…

When that didn’t get him all the money he needed, he followed up with a cry against Ted Cruz.

We’re now fighting Cruz for the Presidency?

Biden then sent an email about head-to-head polls (which, remember, don’t actually say much this far out from the general).

I cut out the ActBlue buttons

Finally, Biden stressed how important it was that he didn’t lose any momentum this week.

Honesty, but not optimism

While Biden has been talking about how worried he is that someone else will win the nomination, Cory Booker has been talking about his own fundraising.

Always a silver lining

This is the sort of email and cheerful positivity I’m used to seeing from Booker, and I’m glad to see it again. I think his weekend of recovery from the flu really did do him some good. After seeing so much hateful rhetoric coming out of the current administration (and recently, on Twitter), I enjoy seeing the candidates being happy.

We’re going to hit 11,000 emails before 2020.

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