Day 248: 1/23/20

On Thursday, Deval Patrick celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Michael Bennet yelled at me, and Joe Biden is getting attacked by pro-Trump groups. Again.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 8 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! 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!

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.

Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!

Pete Buttigieg doesn’t like anyone else tying him for email counts.

After another candidate caught up to him yesterday, Pete Buttigieg cranked it into overdrive with 6 emails on Thursday. However, the other candidates were faltering, with Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar tied for 4 emails each, and yesterday’s frontrunner Andrew Yang dropping back to just 3 emails alongside Michael Bennet and Elizabeth Warren.

There’s a LITTLE more variety. Tiny bit.

Amy Klobuchar sent out one of her special surveys to hand-picked focus groups (I.E. everyone on her mailing list, judging from the number of times all of my accounts get hand-picked despite never responding) for what the focus should be as we enter primary and caucus season while Elizabeth Warren asked me as a non-donor only which issues matter the most to me. (Get me to do one thing for her that doesn’t cost money, and I’ll be more apt to give money when she asks.)

Pete Buttigieg was celebrating his one-year anniversary of his exploratory committee and included a couple videos for me to watch. Deval Patrick also sent me a video as he celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day… on Thursday?

The video Patrick sent was of the Monday speeches given by candidates, but I found it strange that he didn’t get it out until Thursday evening. It likely has to do with his limited funds, but with how fast news moves these days, something topical on Monday is out of date by the end of the week.

Tom Steyer gave me a petition to sign if I supported his criminal justice policy, which he rolled out on Thursday after talking about how the thing that makes him different is how he shows up and listens.

Finally, Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang asked me to volunteer for their campaigns, with Buttigieg suggesting I road trip to Iowa and Yang asking me to phone bank for him (or donate if I couldn’t phone bank).

Campaign anniversaries are campaign events.

Several Senators referenced the impeachment trials in their Thursday emails. Michael Bennet delicately sidestepped any mention of the nasty I word.

Team – if you’re anything like us, you’ve been watching coverage of the Senate trial.

While Michael is fulfilling his constitutional duty to serve as an impartial juror, he can’t knock doors or hold town halls in New Hampshire.

With less than three weeks until the primary, it’s crucial that we step up to continue fueling Michael’s campaign to victory while he’s in Washington.

So, we’re asking: Will you make a weekly donation to Michael’s presidential campaign through the New Hampshire primary?

Bennet HQ

However, he did have James Carville yell at me some more to make up for his lack of presence on the campaign trail.

Please stop.

Carville’s all-caps, all red, multiple-exclamation-point yells do not motivate me to follow Bennet. Part of Bennet’s appeal is that he is calm and, yes, boring. This is the opposite of that. Please go away, Carville. You are shredding what little good will I had left toward Bennet.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders complains about being “stuck” in DC but assures me that he’s not saying that to complain about his duty.

Campaigning in Iowa is not more important than impeaching the President.

Technically, Joe Biden was also talking about impeachment, though indirectly. You see, a pro-Trump PAC was running ads against him. Look at these lies he showed me!

This was from Biden’s email

It’s fascinating how little the candidates are talking about the impeachment trial. Those who do talk about it try not to talk about it. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren haven’t been talking about it in emails, despite also being Senators at the trial. The impeachment seems to be a sort of political black hole, where they aren’t sure if it will work in their favor, so they just aren’t touching it.

It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

An informal poll with a sample size of 1 says 1 email a day is plenty.

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