Day 219: 12/25/19

Christmas Day had fewer emails than Christmas Eve, but still more than I was expecting, given our only 15 candidates still in the race!


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.

Take the day off!

Pete Buttigieg again sent 4 emails, massively outpacing the rest of the field. It is worth noting that 2 of his emails were the donor versions of emails I received on Tuesday evening as non-donor emails, so that might have been a timing mismatch.

Joe Biden sent out 2 emails on Christmas Day, while everyone else who emailed: Michael Bennet, Mike Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang only sent out 1 email.

You’ll never see this sort of breakdown again.

Overwhelmingly, emails were wishing me a happy holidays. Pete Buttigieg started off the day with 2 donor emails asking me to donate and finished the day with 1 donor and 1 non-donor email reminding me that donations to Pete for America make some of the best gifts possible (after a baby Yoda figurine and an unwrapped 50″ TV box taken to a white elephant gift exchange that was actually full of Pete for America swag instead of a TV).

Mike Bloomberg informed me that the only reason he’s gotten so far already is because of me.

Not a joke.

I’m not sure if Bloomberg is genuinely delusional and doesn’t realize the influence of spending over $1 million can buy. Rumor has it he pays his campaign staffers ridiculous sums too. Of course you’ll get far if you’re throwing money around like it’s confetti…

Tulsi Gabbard invited me to sing a carol with her and her partner, and talked to me about the importance of Jesus’ birth.

We hope you are able to take a moment today, on this day of the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, to join together and rise above the divisiveness we feel so deeply, the wars and talk of more war to come, the struggles we carry with us day to day.

Abraham and myself want to invite you to join us in singing a song about what is at the heart of not just the holiday season, but of our movement and campaign: Love and peace.

Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard is a practicing Hindu.

Now, that’s not to say that she can’t talk about the message of Christmas, but it struck me as very insincere to hear her putting such an emphasis on Jesus Christ when I know it’s not part of her beliefs. She did go on in her email to talk about other faiths, but I wish she had led with that and not with a belief that she doesn’t ascribe to.

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, another faith tradition or simply being with friends and family — we hope your day allows for joy and reflection on that which unites all of us: Our common pursuit of peace, happiness and love.

Tulsi Gabbard

But hey, Gabbard always manages to disappoint me, so this was no surprise.

Cory Booker and Joe Biden both had merch emails on Christmas. While Biden’s email was along the lines of “we always ask you to give us stuff, so now we want to give you a free sticker!” Booker’s email was offering me a 20% off code from his store, if I needed to buy some last-minute gifts.

I think if I’m shopping on Christmas Day, it’s a little late for a last-minute gift from a campaign store.

I’m more surprised at the number of non-holiday emails than anything else…

Pete Buttigieg’s early morning emails were the Fundraising and Contest emails, while Mike Bloomberg’s recap of his campaign events so far and how I can help by volunteering wasn’t exactly holiday-based. Cory Booker’s merch offer wasn’t exactly holiday related, so I called it a “None.”

But really, everyone else was about the holidays. I got quite a few family photos, but my favorites had to be from Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer.

Okay, it’s not a photo, but it’s pretty darn cute! And I like the family photo on the mantle.
This is definitely the most on-brand… but why is Steyer the only one wearing a normal suit?

I hope you all had a very relaxing holiday! Take this time to recharge and come into 2020 with true 2020 vision!

I made it through the holidays without missing a post!

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