Day 296: 3/11/20

Bernie Sanders is growing quieter, leaving Joe Biden to dominate my inbox. Over half of the total emails I received on Wednesday came from the Democratic front runner.


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.

Never mind, he’s just resting.

Joe Biden sent 5 emails to non-donors and just 3 emails to donors, though to be fair to Biden, one of those non-donor emails actually was tied with a donor email from Tuesday night. They were sent after his address after the Super Twosday blowout, with the donor email arriving at 11:57 PM and the non-donor one arriving at 12:10 AM, thus splitting over two charts.

The other non-donor email was a reminder for a survey that I filled out on my personal account, so he didn’t remind me on my donor account.

Bernie Sanders only sent 2 emails, and Tulsi Gabbard actually sent a very nice single email.

Mostly about the existing voting and future voting.

Tulsi Gabbard’s email was thanking me for all of my support and not asking for money. She didn’t really talk about anything specific she was up to, so I put it into the “None” topic. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, brought up the debates and how much he is looking forward to debating Joe Biden. Everyone else wanted to talk about the election and their victories (or losses).

So few donation asks this late in the game!

Joe Biden was so pleased with his Tuesday showing that on Wednesday, his staff offered me up a congratulatory card to sign. He praised my support as one of the reasons why Team Joe did so well, and he asked for my opinion on what the campaign should focus on. His final email was repeating that Tuesday night was a major test for the campaign, and he came out on top. He included a summation of his Tuesday night remarks in his mid-night email.

Bernie Sanders also summed up his Wednesday speech in an email. Instead of talking to his supporters after Biden cleaned up electorally, Sanders went back to Vermont and addressed people in a press conference that conceded that while nobody was voting for him and he was losing every way that mattered, he still had the will of the people behind him.

I don’t think Sanders understands what it means to have the will of the people behind you.

The longer Sanders takes to acknowledge the writing on the wall for his campaign, the less likely he’ll have any leverage to push his ideals and ideas. The simple fact that Sanders doesn’t realize this now automatically tells me all I need to know about what his presidency would be like.

It was Tulsi Gabbard who surprised me with her email. She barely dunked on the Democrats at all!

I want you to know something: I hear you, I’m here with you, and I know these are troubling times for our great nation.

It’s easy to turn on the news and give in to fear… and even hopelessness. But I want you to remember these important things:

ALL of the great challenges we face together — whether it’s a global pandemic, the escalating threat of nuclear war, unmitigated climate change — they have one thing in common: They require a global solution, and they require a leader with the foresight to know that foreign policy is inseparable from domestic policy, and that the people need to come before partisan politics.

That is why I’m running, that’s why I’m still in this, and that’s why I’m so incredibly grateful to you — to the hundreds of thousands of you who are part of this grassroots movement, who have hit EVERY single fundraising goal we’ve put to you throughout this entire campaign.

I’m humbled by each one of you who is with me every step of the way in daring to take on big, lasting, and deeply important fights: Taking on the entrenched and powerful military industrial complex and establishment machine. Thinking bigger than the confines of the 24-hour news cycle and the DNC debate stage. Daring to create something BETTER than the status quo — a government that serves every single one of us, and one that is underpinned by an inclusive spirit of aloha.

I’m not asking for money today (that will come — we are a 100% people-powered campaign and can’t afford to slow down). I’m asking for your continued commitment to joining me in creating a platform for peace, freedom, and security. In addressing head-on the global challenges of nuclear war, pandemics, and climate change — challenges which can only be overcome by working together in a spirit of cooperation instead of competition.

Are you with me, friend?

Tulsi Gabbard

She included a link to a video message that I didn’t watch, but I was pleasantly surprised at how she almost managed to pretend to be a Democrat for an entire email. At the rate we’re going, she’s going to try to snatch up the Sanders voters who refuse to align behind Biden and actually win some delegates outside her home territory.

Gotta say, it might work… though I’d be more worried if people actually remembered she was still running. Coming in fifth, sixth, and seventh in a three-person race is not a very inspiring move.

Just 98 more emails to go for Joe Biden.

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