Friday was another day for big names in Joe Biden’s emails.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 1 candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but I’ve been on 28 mailing lists! 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!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
Joe Biden’s favorite celebrity, Carole King, sent 1 of the 3 emails from Friday, while Pete Buttigieg also sent an email, and Biden himself sent the third.
Even though there are no true “quarterly” filings in an election year (there are monthly filings), Biden has been pushing the end-of-quarter deadline hard. This month’s deadline marks the first three months since Biden was the only Democratic candidate, so it’s the close of the first “quarter” of the general election.
Which translates to: Trump bad, Biden need money.
I think that’s what bothers me the most. The emails don’t even bother to make the argument that Biden is good. The argument is that Trump is bad and therefore give Biden money. There’s a piece to the persuasion missing, and the emails don’t care. It’s simply assumed that we know and love Joe Biden, even as it’s assumed that we don’t realize Trump is a horrible waste of space as a President.
The more the campaign treats me like an idiot, the less I like them.
The emails are getting so bad that even the Pete Buttigieg email barely had me interested, although it did use more of his catchphrases than the Julian Castro one did, so there’s a point in its favor. However, unlike the Carole King email, it did not reassure me that Pete Buttigieg actually did write that email.
(Carole King’s emails ALWAYS tell me that she wrote the emails, and they are definitely tonally different enough from the rest of the emails that I believe it. She loathes Donald Trump with a passion that Biden’s email writers can’t seem to muster.)
In Biden’s own email, he assured me that he always means what he says and says all that he means, and so he means it when he says that he needs my help to win, please donate.
Wow. Such a persuasive argument. You’ve got me there.
(I bought myself some socks instead of donating.)