Day 291: 3/6/20

There are only 3 campaigns left standing, and these are definitely not the three I thought would still be in the running. Joe Biden is having an incredible week, Bernie Sanders is running his campaign like he will the government, and Tulsi Gabbard is blaming everyone else for her lack of success.


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.

Tulsi Gabbard is still being useful

Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders sent 4 emails on Friday, while the only other remaining candidate, Tulsi Gabbard, sent just 1.

So much green!

However, only Joe Biden’s emails fell into the optimistic category… and all of his emails were optimistic.

Fewer emails means fewer colors

Joe Biden invited me to sign on and commit to vote for him, while Bernie Sanders misrepresented the election process by assuring me he only needed one more vote than Biden to win the state of Michigan, so I should get out there knocking doors and making calls for Sanders.

While technically true, what is more important is the location of that one extra vote. The Democratic primary isn’t a winner take all with the popular vote. If Sanders gets one more vote than Biden, but it’s in a district that went Biden anyway, Biden would still get the delegate. Distribution matters. Playing the game by the rules as written matters. Then again, that’s always been Sanders’ biggest problem. He likes to make his own rules so he can win. That’s why he’s still claiming to have won Iowa.

They all need money.

Bernie Sanders emailed me a couple times to let me know he was spending money he didn’t have, and he needed the low-income workers of America to cover the gap in his budget.

I had to make a very tough decision.

Yesterday afternoon we had an ad budget meeting — the one I wrote you about on Wednesday — and it became clear that given recent developments in the race that if we had a bit more money we could fight for a number of additional delegates next Tuesday and the week that follows.

The money wasn’t budgeted, but I gave the green light again.

It is no doubt a risk — especially in this new race. But there are a lot of voters making up their minds again and we have to reach them before it’s too late.

So I made the bet that if I asked you for help that you would come through, again, to fill the gap. I hope that you can do it… for Bernie, and for this movement.

Can you make a $14 contribution TONIGHT to help us fill a budget gap we created going after the delegates we need to ensure Bernie Sanders wins this nomination?

No doubt about it, it was a difficult decision. But if there’s one thing that makes this campaign entirely different from Joe Biden’s: it’s the people. You answer the call time and time again.

I’ll report back on what we were able to do with your support here.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

The amount he’s asking for has definitely gone up. $2.70 just isn’t cutting it these days.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, is taking a lesson from one of his new endorsers and going high with his shade.

We’re not going to beat Donald Trump by using the same us versus them tactics that Republicans used to drag our politics into the mud.

That kind of rhetoric just doesn’t work for this moment.

Joe’s said from the very beginning of this race that we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation — and it’s a battle we cannot win by tearing each other down.

Millions of Americans made their voices heard over the past week and they made it clear that they want a candidate who brings people together and restores compassion and integrity to our national conversation.

They made it clear that they stand with Joe Biden.

And if you stand with Joe, too, we need you in this fight. There’s still so much work to do to ensure that Joe Biden is our Democratic nominee for president, and we’ll need your support to get it done.

You’re one of our best supporters, and we’re counting on you to fuel Joe to victory on Tuesday. Will you chip in your first $5 to support our campaign today?

I can’t tell you what it means to have you on this team. Together, we’re going to win.

Greg Schultz, Campaign Manager, Biden for President

It’s been fascinating to watch the difference between the two campaigns growing even more stark. Protesters unveiled a Nazi flag at a Bernie Sanders rally, and Joe Biden tweeted his defense of Sanders. Sanders’ next handful of tweets were all attacks on Joe Biden’s history.

Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race, despite everyone saying it’s down to just Biden vs. Sanders. Her deputy campaign manager sent out another email in which she refrained from attacking any specific Democrat and just limited her attacks to the “establishment class.”

The DC pundit class and corporate media might be covering this as a “two man race,” and Joy Behar might be jeering to “stick a fork in” Tulsi — but all they represent is the protectors of the old way standing between We, the People and the bright future we all deserve.

Caitlin for TULSI2020

Meanwhile, Joe Biden was capping off the night with an apology for sending too many emails.

I know it’s late. I’m sorry to flood your inbox on a Friday night.

But, here’s the deal: our campaign is riding a huge wave of momentum this week, and another $5 from you would help cap it off in grand fashion. Can you chip in before the night’s over?

Look, here’s what we have accomplished in the past week alone:

Won South Carolina by nearly 30 points!

Won TEN states on Super Tuesday!

And raised over $20 million online in the process!

The truth is that this campaign’s backbone is our grassroots donors.

Folks like you, ready to take on Donald Trump and restore the soul of this nation.

So let’s keep the momentum going before the weekend starts. More states go to vote on Tuesday night, and we have to win as many delegates as possible in order to win this nomination.

Pitch in what you can tonight and let’s take this thing home:

Katie Petrelius, Finance Director, Biden for President

I don’t know what was most impressive about this email, that it was uplifting and optimistic even as it apologized for existing, or the fact that Biden brought in almost as much money in one week as he did in one of his best fundraising QUARTERS of 2019.

Twitter keeps saying it, so I will too: this is what Joe-mentum looks like.

One purple in a sea of blue

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