Day 329: 4/13/20

After that Sunday without donation asks, Joe Biden made sure to compensate.


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.

One of the donor emails came in after I went to bed last night, but I knew it was on its way.

Biden’s emails are like clockwork, though yesterday’s were actually a little wonky in terms of their timing.


Ordinarily, his emails come close together to both my donor and my non-donor inboxes, but on Monday, they split over my arbitrary time slots, with his morning email coming just before and just after 11 AM and his evening email coming closer to 8 PM and then after 9 PM. It was a real moment of alarm, let me tell you…

This could have been predicted.

What wasn’t a moment of alarm was the all-donation email asks. Biden didn’t directly ask for money at all on Easter Sunday, so he needed to make up for it by asking for money in every email sent out on Monday.

He still got variety.

Despite the similar asks, he did shake up his topics a little. First, Carole King sent me an email to let me know that there were thousands of reasons why we needed Joe Biden to be the nominee, but just two of the reasons were that Trump couldn’t be trusted and he was majorly screwing up the pandemic response. Just like with Carole’s previous email, there was a P.S. assuring me that yes, indeed, Carole did write this specific email. I also went back and checked, and sure enough, the two emails were stylistically similar but not repeats of each other. I see no reason to doubt that P.S. other than the cynic in me figuring that its very existence makes it unlikely.

Biden then wrote about Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of him. It came only about a week after Bernie dropped out, which was much faster than he bothered to get his butt in gear for Hillary Clinton. Still wasn’t an immediate rallying around the nominee like, oh, all the other candidates said was needed. (Not that they were all immediately rallying around Biden either: Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Bloomberg, and Tulsi Gabbard were the only ones who immediately threw in behind Biden upon dropping out. I believe we’re still waiting for Elizabeth Warren to publicly endorse, though it’s rumored she’s holding off for timing issues involving the Obama endorsement.)

Wow. That was a thought I never thought I’d write: Tulsi Gabbard moved toward Democratic unity faster than Elizabeth Warren.

(To be fair to most other candidates, there wasn’t a presumptive or best-choice nominee when they dropped. Some, like Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, seemed to be waiting for no women to be left in the race before they endorsed Biden, which is fair.)

Finally, Biden included some survey results from his “why do you support Biden?” survey. If those answered inspired me, he asked me to make a donation too.

I am so tempted to put the colors back because I miss them.

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