Day 340: 4/24/20

It was the last day before the one-year anniversary of Joe Biden’s campaign, and the staff wanted a big fundraising push.


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.

No changes here

As regular as clockwork, Joe Biden sent his standard 3 emails a day again.

Odd numbers on an even day.

Two of Biden’s emails were straight up asking me for donations, while one was imploring me to take the Beat Trump survey. I thought he was already closing this survey… but whatever. He still needs my advice to beat Trump. I’ve already given it: get better digital. Hire Stefan Smith.

In the non-donor survey email, though, he did slip in a donation ask at the bottom, asking if I’d be willing to send my first $5 donation to support Biden.

Elections are campaign events.

The bulk of Biden’s emails were about his campaign and the upcoming one-year anniversary, but one of the emails was just a straight-up ask for money because Trump had a lot of money and Biden’s campaign was the underdog.

Um. Maybe in the general? Just because excitement has been lukewarm doesn’t mean that Biden’s first-place campaign for most of the primary has ever been an actual underdog. Maybe for the month of February, after the crippling returns in Iowa and New Hampshire, but not as a whole. I’m not even sure if I’d count him as an underdog for the general election. He’s facing the most unpopular president ever, who is constantly telling his own supporters to do things like inject bleach into their veins. I don’t see how someone with near-universal name recognition and pretty strong admiration across the entire party could be considered an underdog in that situation, even if it won’t be an easy victory.

That being said: don’t inject disinfectants. Don’t drink disinfectants. Don’t eat disinfectants. That is not how disinfectants work.

Getting sunlight exposure is a good thing, though. Just make sure you wear sunscreen.

If 11-year-old me heard me recommending sun exposure, she’d ignore me.

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