Obama was the person of the week in Joe Biden’s 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.
Over the past seven days, Joe Biden sent 24 emails to each of my accounts.
Four of the days had 4 emails, which is more than Biden’s usual, though Sunday only had 2 emails to each account.
There was a newsletter sent out this week, which increases the topic variety, but mostly, Biden wanted to talk about Trump’s fundraising and campaigning, which fell into the “news events” category. Biden did manage to send an email about Juneteenth on Juneteenth, though it was the last email of the day. More impressively, he managed to send out an email about Trump’s first rally of the summer within hours of the rally beginning.
It’s really quite frustrating how Biden’s emails have immediate responses to actions by Trump but drag their feet when it come to issues of national importance, unrest, or holidays.
For the first time in a long time, though, Biden is hyping up a campaign event. He very rarely uses his emails to let me know about events I can attend, choosing to cram his schedule into his newsletter along with all of his other current-events-not-related-to-Trump mentions. This past newsletter alone talked about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, and the anniversary of the Pulse shooting.
Apparently, the newsletters are the only time Biden is allowed to email his supporters about something other than collecting money or data.
Biden is having a campaign event, though, a grassroots fundraiser with Obama. If you sign up using the correct link, you could even be entered for a chance to have a meet-and-greet call with Obama and Biden in advance of the fundraiser. Not all links to the event seem to link to the contest, though, so be careful which one you use if the chance to win is important to you.
As always, Biden’s emails this week have left me frustrated and disappointed. But I’m also angry. I’m a supporter of Biden, and his emails make me not want to support him. How in the world do they make not-full-supporters feel?
How is that building a winning coalition?