Yesterday was a HUGE day for the Biden campaign.
They sent out FOUR emails!
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.
With the new endorsement on Tuesday, Joe Biden sent a total of 4 emails in a single day, creating the biggest email spike since Bernie dropped out.
The day started with an email from Pete Buttigieg asking for donations for Biden. This led to some Twitter debate over whether or not he actually wrote the email. It didn’t have a P.S. assuring us that it was really actually written by Pete, after all, and it used Biden terminology instead of Pete terminology.
At the same time, Pete did confirm in an interview once that he would sign off on every email his campaign sent out that had his name signed to it, even if he hadn’t actually written it himself. In a public-facing world like politics, your name and your reputation are paramount, especially for a politician who actually has a noticeable moral compass. If Pete retained that control over how his name was used in his own campaign, on emails written by people he had hired and was paying (by proxy) to write emails for him, then I would imagine he would insist on at least that much control over the use of his name on Biden fundraising emails. He may not have written the email, but I don’t doubt he approved it.
The next email was written by President Barack Obama, endorsing his friend Joe Biden. He said picking Biden has his VP was one of the best decisions of his life, and he had absolute faith in Biden’s ability to guide and heal the nation after the crises it had faced. His email was a transcription of the video endorsement he had released for Biden, which broke a million views in just four minutes.
More than anything, I think our nation misses a President we can stand to listen to.
Biden followed up Obama’s email by forwarding it to me four hours later, in case I missed the first one, and talked about how pleased he was to have received Obama’s endorsement.
The final email of the day came from the staff asking me to sign my name to say I’m ready to join team Obama-Biden again to fight for the soul of our nation. There was a lot of stress on the “join OBAMA” aspect. Now that Biden is the last candidate standing and officially has Obama’s endorsement, he can talk about all of his accomplishments while part of Obama’s administration… oh, wait. He already has been doing that.
While Biden asked for donations in most of his emails yesterday, he did include a link to watch Obama’s endorsement in the one that he signed off on. Asking me to sign my name did not include a direct donation request. Other than that, Tuesday was all about the money.