Day 282: 2/26/20

Wednesday had no debates, though it did have some town halls (though only Joe Biden told me about his). Mike Bloomberg was still taking calls for marketing purposes, and Pete Buttigieg sent a real gem of an email.


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.

Another 8 for Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg is maintaining his email dominance with 8 emails in a day, though Joe Biden is trying to catch up by sending out 6. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren trail behind with only 4 emails each.

Shaking up the asks

Donation asks have actually dropped, as campaigns are turning to a few other approaches. Mike Bloomberg continued to ask me to call (or text) a specific number to let him know why you are in the fight. Apparently, if you call and get the voicemail, the message clarifies that your quotes can be used in campaign materials. As expected, Bloomberg is trying to crowd-source support.

Pete Buttigieg dropped another policy paper, this time geared toward Asian American/Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) needs . As with all his policies, Buttigieg didn’t ask for money or for me to sign a petition. He just offered to let me read his full paper. In other emails, he asked me to encourage my friends and family to donate and offered me materials to forward or share. He also asked me to either make 10 calls or donate $10 for his campaign.

Bernie Sanders wanted me to knock doors for him, while Mike Bloomberg wanted to tell me about his days of action during which I could volunteer for Bloomberg. Joe Biden had a survey that he swore would only take 30 seconds. Who did I think would be best against Trump?

That contest wasn’t for pizza

Pizza with Pete still hasn’t officially ended, but Pete Buttigieg is starting up a new contest, in which a lucky donor and their friend could meet both Buttigieg and one of his endorsers, Michael J. Fox. He reminded me that his campaign was the only campaign besides Bernie Sanders to have won delegates in every single state so far, and the only one that has beaten Sanders. He reminded me of his strategy memo outlining his campaign strategy and pointed out that he still needed $13 million to pull it off (and he was 40% of the way there).

Amy Klobuchar was still focusing on the debate, as expected, hyping her post-debate fund and marveling at how well she did. Tulsi Gabbard was also eager to talk about the debate.

I don’t think those Xs are all correct.

I’m not sure if “calm” was the right description for the debate, but I saw reasons to be hopeful and beacons of integrity on the debate stage. I heard authoritative voices on foreign policy, including from a combat veteran who knows the cost of war and is unafraid to go up against the powerful military industrial complex. And I heard plenty of candidates credibly speaking to racial equality.

However, Gabbard yet again showed her true colors by declaring the primary an “embarrassment” in the same breath she emphasizes ALL Americans.

Democrats are Americans too, Gabbard. If you keep attacking them, you really need to stop being surprised that they keep rejecting you.

Bernie Sanders once again declared that his ideas are not radical and that everyone is going to be out to stop him, while Elizabeth Warren talked about how things were getting down to the wire and she needed contributions now. She has had her best fundraising month in February, but she’s still being outspent by other campaigns.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden was once again the only candidate on a town hall last night who told me that he had been in a town hall (after the fact). These emails really do a bad job of letting me know when I can watch them. Only Pete Buttigieg consistently tells me in advance of his appearances.

The one gem of an email yesterday came from the Buttigieg campaign, written by Kevin Costner. It was about an ad he had narrated for Buttigieg, but it was also about why he endorsed Buttigieg for President and was helping him.

Normally, I’d cast my vote and get back to work and that’s as far as I’d go in the political process. But frankly, things haven’t felt quite right in our country for a while, and maybe you’re feeling the same way.

Our language toward each other is getting meaner. Our differences once recognizable as Democrat and Republican have shifted dangerously. Our country is taking sides against itself. The message is blunt: If you’re not with me, you’re against me.

I’m voting for the person who will speak for me, for my children’s future, and for the country. I’m voting for the person who has shown a willingness to listen.

I see Pete having the wisdom and strength to identify when yesterday’s good ideas no longer apply. And I absolutely believe that Pete is not only a man who understands how the world is looking at us, but how history will.

I’ll end my note with something I want all of us to think about. Every four years, we get the chance together to either hold the course we are on, or send a loud signal that we have tried it and it is not right. And that together, we demand something better. Let’s demand something better, together.

Kevin Costner for Pete for America

The language getting meaner really stuck out to me. It’s something Trump has encouraged, and it’s becoming insidious. We have to make a conscious effort to be kinder to each other. When the poison is coming from the top, it’s that much harder to protect against it. But we need to. America is kind. We can’t give into the hate.

14,000 emails were sent by all campaigns except Joe Biden’s non-donor emails.

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