The 2014 Campaign as a Lyric Poem Composed from Democratic Fundraising Emails

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F.Malotaux

Anyone on the Democratic Party’s email list (not sure how I got on it) is familiar with the somewhat melodramatic tone of their messages, which are all but bipolar in their oscillation between triumph and despair. Below, organized into random stanzas, is the lyrical picture painted by those subject lines over the past month:

Sign for President Obama
Obama sticker for you (FREE)
Yes/No — Very Quick Survey
Commitment Missing
[BREAKING] Huge Supreme Court Action
Boehner’s devastating defeat
It’s over. Zero chance. Goodbye.

Why I’m emailing
It’s over. It’s done.
heartbreaking losses
[ALERT]
New Poll: GREAT NEWS! [today]
we’re IMPLORING you
[TRIPLE-MATCH] **Do Not Delete**

Boehner HUMILIATED
2014 SURVEY
Signature Requested
URGENT
big decision (TONIGHT)
No one — NO ONE — saw this coming
New poll proven WRONG
need you to sign this

New Republican Deceptions
Sadly
Help us. Help him. Please.
Paul Krugman article (EVERYONE is talking about it)
NEVER in US History (completely unprecedented)
PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama one of most “successful Presidents”
we need you to sign this

read the e-mail carefully (don’t skim)
disappointed
Paul Krugman is RIGHT (cc: Obama Haters)
[TRIPLE MATCH] 4 from ZIP
[ALERT] activation pending
Boehner SCREAMING (look)
e-mailing for $5

Boehner GONE
!!!!!!!
Boehner’s MELTDOWN
TIME’S UP (do not delete)
ICYMI: Internal Hayworth Poll: NY-18 Race Is A Statistical Tie
Deadline Reached
BOEHNER WINS

[TRIPLE-MATCH] **Do Not Delete**
Listen, I’m begging
TRAGIC Conclusion
We regret to inform you
All Hope is Lost
Listen we’re BEGGING
we. fell. Short.

painful loss
Hopes Dashed
pleading…PLEADING
This is a long email. Please read the whole thing.
[TRIPLE-MATCH] **Do Not Delete**
STUNNING Comeback
Yes/No — Very Quick Survey
More signatures needed: End Citizens United

This is serious.
Obama sticker for you (FREE)
Republican ISIS Ads
Signature Requested
FW: email from Barbra Streisand
Listen, I’m urging you
Accept Defeat

disappointed
BILL CLINTON [Today]
We’ve got nothing left
CRUSHING FAILURE
feeling of regret
[poll] shocking new numbers
FOX NEWS POLL

kiss any hope goodbye
Bill Clinton { Triple-Match Extension }
FILE WILL BE CLOSED
STUNNING Comeback
Pack up. Go home. It’s done.
we need you to sign this
Hey, quick favor

It’s over. It’s done.
Please
I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E
Jarrett, are you with me?
Boehner DEFEATED
BREAKING NEWS
Boehner GONE

Listen, we’re PLEADING
HUFFINGTON POST
we’re sorry (we hate this)
Republicans are SCARED
why I’m emailing
AMAZING NEWS
It’s over. It’s done. Go home.

double-dose of great news!
I need you
wow, your jaw…it will hit the floor (LOOK)
need someone from your zip code
CHART: (just look)
the final one
I just can’t stand it

Signature Requested
important (don’t delete)
Boehner BACKFIRE
Great News! (unexpected)
This email is long, but please read the whole thing
It’s over. Zero chance. Goodbye.
No one — NO ONE — saw this coming

emailing for $5
we’re sorry (emails)
I appreciate you
Listen, I’m pleading (editor@citylimits.org)
No one — NO ONE — saw this coming
All Hope is Lost
Open this email and donate $5 (please)
FOX NEWS – up!

## Please Reply ##
now we’re BEGGING
[ALERT]
REPLY REQUESTED
All Hope is Lost?
Quick Survey
(BREAKING) this poll left us speechless
Accept Defeat

FOX NEWS POLL
Great News! (FINALLY)
please
[FOX NEWS] New Poll (Great news!)
[BREAKING] Boehner GONE
S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G
this poll will leave you speechless

Listen, we need $5
FILE WILL BE CLOSED
President Obama cried ( will you?)
(2-Hour) DEADLINE [TRIPLE-MATCH]
please
no time to spare
we keep emailing

6 years of Barack Obama
Barack Obama has been killing it
PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama one of most “successful Presidents”
Catastrophe
[ALERT]
Boehner GONE
QUADRUPLE-MATCH unlocked

JUST ANNOUNCED
Obama (straight from the heart)
Great News! (FINALLY)
emailing for $5
Mitt Romney HUMILIATED
BREAKING-NEWS@dccc.org
(President Obama) Match Unlocked Today

Romney/Boehner SHOCKED
GREAT NEWS! [today]
I’m asking for $5
Nate Silver: “Republicans Are Leaving House Seats On The Table”
BREAKING
we spent your $$$
Boehner GONE

BREAKING NEWS
Nate Silver: Republicans BLOWING the election
POLL ALERT
#QUADRUPLE MATCH#
Last chance!
we’re going home
Boehner SCREAMING (look)