Part of leading is knowing when you lost. Every day that passes with two candidates in the Democratic primary convinces me that one of them is a really bad leader.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 2 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! 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!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
Joe Biden sent me 3 emails on Tuesday, and that was it. No other active candidate bothered to reach out to me.
In one of his emails, Joe Biden asked me to commit to voting for Biden. Even if I’d already signed on to say I was supporting him, they wanted me to re-commit so their numbers were the most up to date. In the other two emails, Biden asked for a donation.
In the petition email, Biden laid out how Trump has been an absolute disaster when it comes to handling the coronavirus, and how I could trust Biden to be a much better leader. I’d trust my own cats to be a much better leader than Trump, let’s be honest: anything that can keep their mouth shut and let the experts talk will do a better job than the current president.
Both of the donation emails were written by supporters of Biden. One was written by Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father who spoke at the DNC convention in 2016 about how dangerous Trump was and how important it was to unite the country. That is even more true now than ever, he said, and the way we unite is through a donation to Biden.
The other was written by Carole King. Her email had an interesting disclaimer at the bottom…
So… does this disclaimer mean that the people writing the emails doesn’t usually write the emails? (Yes.) So that email from Khizr Khan, was that really written by him? All those times Joe Biden personally reached out to me because he noticed my name wasn’t on the list of people who had completed a survey, does that mean Biden wasn’t actually writing to me directly? (Yes.)
It doesn’t actually mean that every email sent by Biden’s team isn’t actually written by the person signing the email, but it’s highly unlikely that Biden is writing every email signed by Biden. I know Nancy Pelosi isn’t writing any of those disgusting DCCC emails that flood my inbox. It’s still odd that they would pull back the suspension of disbelief on this particular email, though I can say it is stylistically different enough from the rest of Biden’s emails to probably have been written by someone not on his team (such as Carole King). But why this one? Why didn’t they ever reassure me that Michelle Kwan or John Kerry actually really genuinely wrote those emails? Why didn’t Khizr Khan get such a disclaimer?
I don’t know. I just know that I’ve never been impressed by Biden’s email game, and this transition to a solely-digital campaign really hasn’t done anything to step up the game for me. His emails after Super Tuesday were nice, when he was acknowledging all of the endorsements that got him this far, but now it’s back to same old, same old. At least he isn’t giving me veiled threats yet about what a shame it would be to have the wrong nominee.