On Wednesday, Joe Biden got a new endorsement, but it didn’t warrant an extra email.
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.
Now that Obama’s endorsement is yesterday’s news, Joe Biden went back to just 3 emails a day.
The emails Biden sent dealt with various aspects of the campaign: previous endorsements, new endorsements, and a new code of conduct, but they all involved the campaign in some way.
Biden began by recapping his exciting past week, with both Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama endorsing him as the Democratic nominee. His next email was written by Elizabeth Warren and contained her long-overdue endorsement of Biden. Though the recent timing was likely due to the Biden campaign not wanting to water down the Sanders or Obama endorsements, Elizabeth did drop out long before Bernie and could easily have endorsed closer to when everyone else in the party realized that Biden would be the nominee.
The emails finished with a nod to my favorite part of any campaign this cycle: Pete Buttigieg’s Rules of the Road. Biden talked about the importance of a personal credo to live by and how Pete’s campaign code of conduct was something that he had always admired about Team Pete. He wanted to write his own rules of the road for the Biden campaign, and he offered a survey for me to tell him what rules I felt should be included.
I said Belonging. We’re facing huge crises that involve Us vs Them mentality. It can’t be like that. We need to be us, together, against the inequities and struggles of the world, not against our fellow human beings.
Also, Biden already had Joy.