Day 212: 12/18/19

Despite it being a historic day for our country, the third successful impeachment of a sitting President, not many candidates had a lot to say on the topic. Those that did… well, they weren’t always the most appropriate, in my opinion. Looking at you, Joe Biden. And Tulsi Gabbard wanted to explain why she didn’t vote one way or the other.


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.

It’s also day before Debate Day.

Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren all poured 4 emails each into my inbox, while Michael Bennet, Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang only sent 3. Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Marianne Williamson contented themselves with just 2 emails each.

News Events is only this high because of the impeachment.

Between all the talk of the debates and money, a fair number of emails went out discussing impeachment. Joe Biden started the day off with a protest against Mitch McConnell.

I wasn’t sick to my stomach over this.

But while McConnell obstructing justice wasn’t enough to make Biden ask for money, the actual impeachment became an opportunity to fundraise.

Today, for the third time in our country’s history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting president for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

This is not a moment for celebration or aggressive partisan point-scoring, but a sobering reminder that the defining characteristic of Donald Trump’s presidency is the abuse of power.

In broad daylight, in front of the whole world, this president indicted himself. He used his power as the head of state to coerce a foreign government into interfering in our elections on his behalf. And once he was caught in the act, he stood on the South Lawn of the White House in front of TV cameras and asked another foreign government to do the same.

He did it all because he was afraid of how badly I will beat him next November.

I have said all along that Congress’ job is to investigate the President’s misdeeds and proceed accordingly. My job is to make the case why he shouldn’t be re-elected for another term regardless of the outcome.

That’s why I’m writing to you today. I know I have the support of principled Americans like you who are standing with me to restore the soul of our nation and defeat Donald Trump. Chip in $5 to help us keep fighting →

The Republican-controlled Senate seems poised to vote their politics over their conscience and acquit President Trump. Which means Donald Trump may feel empowered to once again abuse his power in pursuit of his re-election. He will continue to do anything he can to make sure he does not have to face me at the ballot box next November.

This is about more than Trump’s attempts to fabricate an international scandal around me and my family to hurt my candidacy. It’s about the way a commander in chief should act. Witness after witness, hearing after hearing, it’s clear that Donald Trump has violated his oath of office and betrayed our nation.

It is now our job to make sure he’s not given four more years to do it again.

We’ve got to stay focused to win this. If you’re with me, will you chip in $5 now to keep our campaign going strong and fighting back against these attacks?

Joe Biden

I was incredibly disheartened at the pivot from “this is not a moment for celebration,” stressing how distressing this event was, to “I need to win and I need you to give me money to do so.” Biden sent 4 emails on Wednesday. The least he could have done was have a bit of class and dignity and not ask for money in this one, where he should have been comforting a troubled nation.

But no, money is the most important thing.

Elizabeth Warren technically did not ask for money in her impeachment email, at least not by the standards I use for measuring.

Today was an important day for our country and our democracy. The United States House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump.

I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and so did my colleagues in the Senate and in the House. And we owe it to the American people to do our jobs and get to the bottom of this.

Come the new year, I will be a juror in Donald Trump’s Senate trial, and I’ll uphold my oath. Because nobody is above the law — not even the president of the United States.

But it’s important to remember that Trump is just the worst symptom — not the cause — of a rigged, corrupt system. A system that rewards the rich and powerful and leaves working people behind.

2020 is our chance to change that. Our chance to take back the reins of our democracy and put political and economic power in the hands of working people. We’re up against big problems, and we need big ideas to solve them. That’s what we’re fighting for.

And together, we’ll win.

Elizabeth Warren

This is a much better way to pivot to “I need to win.” She stressed the importance of holding Trump accountable and the need to change the system that got us Trump.

The big red donate button came beneath her signature and therefore wasn’t counted.

Not so classy was Julian Castro.

His pivot was clunky.

I have noticed, to my amusement, that the red button on Castro’s donate buttons keeps creeping higher and higher as he becomes more and more desperate for cash.

Tom Steyer also wanted to talk about impeachment. He’s been pushing for impeachment since 2017.

Billionaires don’t need money.

Steyer also stressed the importance of the moment and how meaningful it was to impeach the most corrupt President we’ve ever had.

Tulsi Gabbard also had a few words to say. She was the only member of the House of Representatives to vote “Present” on both articles of impeachment (effectively abstaining from voting).

Tonight I voted alongside my colleagues in the House of Representatives on whether or not to impeach President Trump.

I want to explain why I decided to stand in the center and vote “present” instead of choosing a partisan position.

Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political party. I have always put our country first. One may not always agree with my decision, but everyone should know that I will always do what I believe to be right for the country that I love.

After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.

Click here to read my full statement: 

A house divided cannot stand. And today we are divided. Fragmentation and polarity are ripping our country apart. This breaks my heart, and breaks the hearts of all patriotic Americans, whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.

So today, I come before you to make a stand for the center, to appeal to all of you to bridge our differences and stand up for the American people.

My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country. Let’s work side-by-side, seeking common ground, to usher in a bright future for the American people and our nation.

United we stand,

Tulsi Gabbard

In other statements, Gabbard has said that after reviewing the evidence, she does not believe Trump is innocent.

Let that sink in. Gabbard, believing that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, did not believe the Constitution required her, as a member of Congress, to impeach him. It was more important that she bridge the divide between parties in this most crucial vote than it was for her to uphold her oath of office.

And she’s trying to explain how that will make her a good President? Oh, sure, it’s fine to be corrupt under President Gabbard’s administration. She’d rather you be corrupt but happy than punish you for abusing your position and risk you being unhappy.

Sorry. I’m already living under that rule right now, and I don’t like it.

More than just impeachment went down.

Of course, the debate was also a topic of discussion in the emails. Marianne Williamson wrote a lengthy email about how the DNC is subverting the will of the people by imposing restrictions on the debates they are hosting in order to determine the nominee who will represent them.

The function of a political party should be to aid the process by which voters choose their elected officials. Yet the actions of the DNC during this election have little to do with aiding the American voter. From start to finish, the DNC has attempted to dictate our electoral process rather than facilitate it. 

Take tomorrow’s debate: The DNC has imposed an arbitrary process and opaque polling requirements to include its preferred candidates in the debate—and exclude everyone else.

Using its stranglehold over the debate stage, the DNC misleads voters into thinking that the only viable presidential candidates are those it has hand-selected. And the DNC transforms this false impression into reality when excluded candidates, unable to compete for voters on equal footing, are forced to withdraw from the race. 

This rigged process is NOT fair, and it’s clearly not democratic. 

It is the VOTERS who should matter most. Voters do not need their choices narrowed by an arbitrary external body. We already have a process that limits the number of candidates running—the PRIMARIES. Why not let the voters decide who should ultimately represent us?

Despite the DNC’s best efforts, Marianne and our campaign ARE resonating where it counts—with the voters, especially voters of the early primary states. We’ve increased by a full percentage point in at least one national poll in the last month. 

Everywhere Marianne goes on the campaign trail, people understand that she is the only candidate capable of beating Trump, the only candidate capable of restoring decency and civility into our democracy, and the only candidate who isn’t scared of the DNC. Marianne’s having a different conversation—but people are recognizing that a different conversation is exactly what our country needs.

Quarter Four reporting requirements to the FEC are just around the corner. When we look back on 2019, it will be what we did in December that will really matter for our campaign. Please donate now to help ensure our democratic process is a true expression of the will of the people. Tomorrow’s debate—who’s excluded and who’s not—is a perfect example of exactly how rigged our electoral process is. Marianne is running for president becuase someone needs to help interrupt that rigged system and restore it back into something fair and representative for all. 

We’re getting closer and closer to our most important deadline yet and Marianne needs our support now more than ever. Please do all you can to help. 

Patricia Ewing, Campaign Manager, Marianne Williamson for President

Bernie Sanders proved me right: you should never ever set a reoccurring daily goal. Ever.

Yesterday we fell a little short of where we needed to be in order to keep pace with our goal of 5 million donations by the end of the quarter. Specifically, we were 11,271 contributions short of our daily goal.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

Reoccurring daily goals are just asking to be missed. You might hit one or two, but momentum will falter.

Andrew Yang is realizing that himself. After pushing hard and stretching his deadline so he could claim another hit goal, for some bizarre and inexplicable reason, the donations tapered off once the goal was over.

We set a public goal of $2 million by the time Andrew ended his bus tour in Iowa. After that goal, we thought the momentum would continue. But right now, we are coming up short of where we thought we would be tonight before tomorrow’s debate.


Not to be deterred, Yang did release his sixth debate commemorative button.

Am I supposed to take him seriously?

Congratulations, I suppose?

Julian Castro was excited about a new poll that put him in a statistical tie with both Michael Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg! Yes, nationally he has 4% in a recent Hill/HarrisX poll, while Buttigieg has 5% and Bloomberg 4%.

Nevermind that the margin of error for this poll was 4% and Castro has almost never polled above 1% before. Clearly, this is not an outlier poll and is, in fact, a sign that he’s taking off.

Finally, not one to be dour, Cory Booker admitted he was a little worried about the lack of fundraising from a debate appearance, but he’s going to be making use of his time not on the debate stage by doing a bus tour around Iowa and taking his message directly to caucus-goers.

Biden is one shy of 100 emails more than Warren.

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