Week 43: March 8-March 14, 2020

With how few emails I’m getting, these weekly recaps are going to be much shorter. There’s no point highlighting an email I’ve already highlighted, so I’ll just be focusing more on the overall trends. With that being said, I’m working on new merch! Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders will all get designs.

Talk about a plunge

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.

The differences are stark.

Joe Biden was unsurprisingly in the lead for most emails sent this week, with 31 emails going to his donors. Bernie Sanders came in second with 17 emails, and Tulsi Gabbard sent less than an email a day, finishing at only 5 emails.

There’s a debate tonight.

The number of emails fell over the week, except for the day after Trump’s Oval Office address. They started to pick back up on Saturday, however, in preparation for the next day’s debate.

Not at all what I was expecting.

Honestly, the topic breakdown of the week had me scratching my head. There’s a debate on Sunday, the first since February, but it wasn’t really mentioned much. There is a global pandemic, but that also wasn’t considered a topic of great importance. Most of those News Events emails had more to do with recent polls than anything else. Joe Biden was focused mainly on how well he’d been doing and his recent victories, while Bernie Sanders was focused on needing more money to show big numbers and project strength.

Each campaign sent one Other ask.

Both Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders sent emails giving me information on how to confirm my polling place and anything else I might be concerned about when voting last Tuesday, while Joe Biden asked me to sign a congratulatory card after his massive wins on Tuesday.

Sanders also kept asking me to sign stuff. While Gabbard asked if I was with her and Biden asked if I was a proud Democrat, Sanders asked me to commit to vote for Sanders, to endorse Sanders after I had cast my vote, and several petitions revolving around the coronavirus and how Americans deserved a better leader than Trump.

Biden was at least straightforward in his monetary pursuit. Trump and the RNC are sitting on huge warchests to use against the nominee, but even though Biden’s win seems all but guaranteed at this point, Sanders is opening new field offices and making him spend money.

Yes, that’s right, in a world where everything is shutting down and isolating, Sanders has opened five new field offices in Pennsylvania, a state that everyone is saying Sanders doesn’t have a hope to win in the general, much less the primary (but where Biden came from). When Sanders himself is complaining about having to cancel rallies and rely on meeting people over the phone or advertisements, he is opening new gathering places to bring people together, in a state he cannot possibly win.

Tell me again how he’s trying to help the Democratic party? Please, speak slow and use big words. I’m struggling to understand.

The real question is whether or not Tulsi Gabbard will hit 200 emails before dropping out.

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