I did some research and figured out that I wanted more information on Wheat’s time in Vietnam than was out there. I figured there had to be more about Mike Wheat’s military history than just that, a few facts and some dates.
So I sent him a Tweet and got a reply in short order: an email address for Plazby Solutions, LLC.
Who is Plazby Solutions, LLC? I had no idea, but I figured it was just the email address Mike Wheat was using.
Boy I’m stupid sometimes!
Still thinking I’m emailing Mike Wheat, I send the following message:
I'm interested on writing a story about you and your campaign and I'd love to include some historical information about the time you were serving in Vietnam and where. About all I can find online is that you served from 1968-9 and got the Purple Heart.
Phone number? Affiliation? Regarding Mike Wheat?
Who the fuck is Plazby Solutions and why can’t Mike Wheat do his own damn stuff? I guess that’s unbecoming of a judge.
I don’t know, I guess when you do all this shit yourself you expect others to do so too. But then I’ve never been elected so what do I know?
I pretty much decided to go ahead and give up on getting any firsthand accounts right then and there – what’s the point? Whoever the hell this Tim Warner is doesn’t even seem to know his own candidate enough to know he was in Vietnam.
So I went digging, but there wasn’t much to find, which might be something in and of itself. First of all, Plazby Solutions’ website is a joke. Why you would hire this site to do marketing for you is simply beyond me, until you realize the people hiring this site have no idea about marketing.
I had no idea about marketing until I got into business, perhaps something more politicians should do. But then we’re talking about lawyers here, so…well, let’s just leave it at that, alright?
Talking about Plazby, well shit, if you want a good laugh, read the sidebar text on this site, which talks about developing a brand identity for Opportunity Bank – it’s a hoot!
According to a blurb on the Montana Chamber of Commerce Weekly Update of April 22, 2014, the company:
Plazby Solutions, LLC provides innovative marketing, advertising, branding research and problem solving services to for-profit, non-profit and government entities eager to reach higher and achieve more success in their strategic endeavors.
The blind leading the blind is often a term I’d hear in self-publishing, and it makes a lot of sense to me now that I’ve been doing this shit nearly two years. I’m seeing this right now.
I’m sorry if this offends any of you – sometimes I offend 3rd graders will my stellar math skills, skills that are just so much more advanced than theirs. For that’s exactly what this seems like to me…tricky shit.
But, well, hell – why do I care? Maybe I’m pissed because instead of me taking politicians’ hard-earned donations, it’s folks Tim Warner at Plazby Solutions. What the hell does Plazby mean, anyways?
But even more alarming than my supposed anger at this broo-ha-ha is the fact that many politicians are getting suckered into, well…they lose their balls.
There was a time when the Tim Warner’s of the world didn’t have to be dragged out every time a candidate was asked a question. In fact, there was a time when political candidates weren’t afraid of saying what they thought, alienating the media, or offending voters.
Those times are long gone. Now we have colors coordinated, photos operated upon, and supporters vetted. Trust is something archaic and forgotten and being ‘real’ is something we do in 15-minutes segments, or even better, 15-second sound bites.
Plazby Solutions is, I think, is damn good at delivering that…which might not be the same thing as delivering an election victory.
But again, what the hell do I know? I’ve never worked on a campaign and my own campaign didn’t get too far. But I raised some money and got some votes and did it all on my own, so there’s that.
I’m not sure a politician running for anything other than a small or local race could do that today. They’d have neither the knowledge, wherewithal, or the permission. They’re too scared to lose, so they’ll never win.
Anyone else been seeing this in many of the Montana Democratic races since the tail-end of September?