The emails I DON’T receive are more interesting than the ones I do.
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.
Once again, Joe Biden sent out 3 emails on Monday, while no one else bothered to email me.
Interestingly, a friend who follows Trump’s emails said Trump sent out 6 emails on Monday. Hmmm…
One of Biden’s emails offered me a survey to take, as this campaign was as much mine as it was his. Another pointed out that it would be hard to raise as much money in April as they did in March, but they needed to try to keep up with Trump. And the third email was Biden’s newsletter to his supporters.
This newsletter is a fairly new thing. I think this was his second issue? Regardless, he let me know some interesting articles he was reading, what he’s been up to (including a call with Trump on how to handle the COVID-19 outbreak), and answering questions from supporters such as what music he is listening to at this time.
Question from Libbie in Oakland: I’m worried about kids losing faith and losing momentum. What can we say to them during this crisis?
One of the most important things to a parent is being able to tell their kids it’s going to be okay. I know from experience, the longest walk you can make is up a short flight of stairs to your child’s bedroom to tell them things are changing.
I think it’s important how we talk to our kids right now, being honest with them about the world and what is happening. We have to remind them that their studies, even if they are harder and only happening online right now, are as important as ever. These kids are our future and they can, and will, do better than us. Jill and I had a Family Town Hall last night where we talked about this, if you missed it you can watch it here.
Question from Maddie in Los Angeles: Music is how I get through the hard times in my life, what music are you listening to during these strange difficult times?
I agree, music is a powerful tool to heal. Right now, I’m listening to some longtime favorites that feel especially pertinent now: “Come Together” by The Beatles and “We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen. I think one of the best songs for the moment actually came from a singer-songwriter who sadly passed away this week. Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” is a great reminder that we are all in this together, and we will get through this together. “You just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on.”
Question from Nisa in Providence: Hi Mr. Vice President! How are Champ & Major? I’d love to see them in your social media more. I can’t wait to see those two good boys in the White House.Joe Biden
Major and Champ have no idea why we are home so often now, but I don’t think they’ll question it anytime soon — they’re just happy to have all the attention and head scratches!
These emails are some of the best of his crop of admittedly fairly typical political emails. It’s clear that he’s having fun writing them, and they add a personal touch that people are craving, especially in this time of self-isolation. If you only read one email a week from Joe Biden, read his newsletter.
The most interesting email I saw, however, wasn’t actually one I received. Despite signing up for the Our Revolution PAC, I was not added to their mailing list (I did make it onto Elizabeth Warren and Biden’s PAC mailing lists, and VoteVets for Pete Buttigieg). However, an email they sent out recently explained that Bernie Sanders was staying in the campaign so he could try to accumulate 25% of the total delegates in order to have positions on committees that decide how the Democratic party is run and to keep fighting for progressive changes. You may recall that many changes this election cycle (or lack of changes, such as keeping the caucuses) were all things Sanders had pushed for. He wants even more changes, and so that is why he’s going to drag out the election and continue to put lives at risk by forcing people’s votes to matter.
Because your votes still do matter. As long as there are two candidates in the race, Sanders can continue to rack up delegates. If you haven’t voted yet, make sure to take every health precaution you can… but make sure to vote. We don’t want a repeat of 2016, where everyone assumed Hillary had the election in the bag and we ended up losing everything.