Beyond belief: The official Basil Marceaux campaign ad

posted at 4:15 pm on August 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

And so, after a months-long trek up the slope of a mountain of zany campaign ads, we finally reach the summit. Nothing will top it, my friends; even Dale Peterson’s Winchester can’t compete with the next governor of Tennessee mumbling his policy platform while misspelled graphics (“vegitation”?) fill the screen. My only question: Is this just Marceaux being Marceaux or is he actually winking at his own goofiness here? I want to believe it’s the latter, but…

Two clips for you, actually, the first of the ad and the second from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel, in which BM explains why people should be fined for not carrying guns. Click the lower image to watch.


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After this, Basil should declare himself emperor of the US. Sadly we have been without an emperor for 130 years. We have been lost at sea. I think it is time to find our compass of honesty and integrity that emperor of the united states entails. Basil Marceaux is definitely the man for the job.

cyclown on August 3, 2010 at 5:07 PM

He may have a heart of gold, but he’s still border line retarded – and I don’t use that word lightly.

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:07 PM

This has got to be another Joaquin Phoenix type gag. To many wink-wink moments going on during that ad.

AUINSC on August 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, I’m getting that vibe. We’re being played.

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Basil Marceaux vs Al Green, Grudge match of the century

V-rod on August 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

This has got to be another Joaquin Phoenix type gag. To many wink-wink moments going on during that ad.

AUINSC on August 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Yeah, I’m getting that vibe. We’re being played.

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

No, he’s for real. He’s just a zany perennial candidate. He’s run for just about every office imaginable.

Still, I don’t think Basil’s all that much worse than Al Franken, if at all. And look at the votes HE got.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

V-rod on August 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I would love to see one interview the other.

Rightwingguy on August 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Still, I don’t think Basil’s all that much worse than Al Franken, if at all. And look at the votes HE got.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Do you mean real votes?

James on August 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

My only question: Is this just Marceaux being Marceaux or is he actually winking at his own goofiness here? I want to believe it’s the latter, but…

The former is true. Take a look at his website.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Still, I don’t think Basil’s all that much worse than Al Franken, if at all. And look at the votes HE got.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Do you mean real votes?

James on August 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Well, he got close enough to steal the thing. Which, uh, I assure you Basil won’t do.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Well, ‘least he aint no commie!
Basil/Sack of Hammers ’12

hml65 on August 3, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Still, I don’t think Basil’s all that much worse than Al Franken, if at all. And look at the votes HE got.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Franken’s an asshat, but at least he can get his moronic point across without looking like someone who should be weaving baskets.

“Hello citizens, this is Basil Marceaux dot com”.

Effing priceless.

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:18 PM

South Carolina Senate: DeMint (R) 62%, Greene (D) 20%

If Alvin can get 20% maybe Basil has a chance?

sharrukin on August 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Well clearly he’s had help making the ad and I would think that anyone giving such help would point out that “vegitation” + “vacant lots” doesn’t equal “Gas and Money”. I caught a few “wink, wink, nudge, nudge’s” during that ad, myself.

Rightwingguy on August 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM

hml65 on August 3, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Maybe Sack of Hammers can run with Sack of door knobs in 2016?

Rightwingguy on August 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM

No, he’s for real. He’s just a zany perennial candidate. He’s run for just about every office imaginable.

Still, I don’t think Basil’s all that much worse than Al Franken, if at all. And look at the votes HE got.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

So, he’s a professional candidate then?

That explains it…but his website looks like a parody of 1990s era Geocities site.

AUINSC on August 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

What’s with the badge?

Mark1971 on August 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

What’s with the badge?

Mark1971 on August 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The badge means seerius biznuss k?

You-Eh-Vee on August 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM

So, he’s a professional candidate then?

That explains it…but his website looks like a parody of 1990s era Geocities site.

AUINSC on August 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Yeah, pretty much. And well, it’s a parody or he copied the code from his Geo site. LOL He’s been at that stuff for a while.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Here are the web sites for the 5 Republicans who are (or were) running for Governor in Tennessee.

Zach Wamp http://www.zachwamp.com/

Bill Haslam http://www.billhaslam.com/site/c.ieJPIWOtEnH/b.5419933/k.BE10/Home.htm

Joe Kirkpatrick http://www.joe4gov.com/
Joe seems to have dropped out of the race.

Basil Marceaux Sr. http://politics.freesitenow.com/basilmarceauxforgovernor/

Ron Ramsey http://teamronramsey.com/about

The Primary election in Tennessee is on Thursday August 5.

Vote very carefully, Tennessee!

wren on August 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

We should make people buy guns or fine them . All in the name of the commerce clause./

CWforFreedom on August 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

The irony is that Tim McGraw has said in the past that he’d like to run for Governor of Tennessee, and there are always going to be those who wonder if you can take a country music star running for governor seriously. Well after the Volunteer State voters get a load of Basil Marceaux, McGraw looks like a Rhodes Scholar with an MBA

radjah shelduck on August 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

They named him after the wrong herb.

The Race Card on August 3, 2010 at 6:15 PM

radjah shelduck on August 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Does Basil Marceaux strike you as dumb? Upon what are you basing your opinion?

The Race Card on August 3, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Whoa Basil Floyd has other ideas!

sonnyspats1 on August 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I visited Basil Marceau Dot Com’s website (titled basilmarceaux.com )

I’m not sure what the hell

8 Fix the Flag at Mill Park to fly right at a high cost of 12 stun by stun gun and now it fly right thank to 311.

even means????

I’m waiting for the 5 year plan where:

We… will use the cheese, and build a Space Kraft to claim the mone. And with the Mone, we will mine more cheese and colonate the planet Marz.

Jones Zemkophill on August 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Chillax.

Allahpundit on August 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Dude! Your’re way hipper than me–i just heard this word for the first time like 2 days ago. You stay on top of things.

Gang-of-One on August 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Jones Zemkophill on August 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM

OMG

for the first time ever on hotair

i am literally out of breath and crying because of someone’s post

omg
omgomgomgogm
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

blatantblue on August 3, 2010 at 7:01 PM

He’s got my vote.

MadisonConservative on August 3, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Cultist! :)

Gang-of-One on August 3, 2010 at 7:03 PM

He’d play better holding a can of Billy Beer. At least we’d all them assume he was just drunk on his ass.

GarandFan on August 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Like all good Tennesseans, he apparently had been drinking his corn prior to recording the commercial.

pgrossjr on August 3, 2010 at 7:26 PM

and there are always going to be those who wonder if you can take a country music star running for governor seriously.
radjah shelduck on August 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Kinky Friedman did OK running for Governor of TX.
Just sayin’.

Jenfidel on August 3, 2010 at 7:42 PM

From his site:

8. Education ,let us put phonics back in school if you can not read you can not do History, Math, English. And that where we are now. Let make it mandatory in high school to read the
minutes to the U.S. Congress , the Congressional Globe the real history of the U.S

I’ll just leave it at that.

boomer on August 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Hmmm.

Don’t deny it!

You’d love to see what kind of zaniness Basil could come up with for a commercial during the Superbowl!

memomachine on August 3, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Notice how, at the end, he implores voters, on the day of voting to pray to my maker?

Sweet. Either he is pwning us, or he puts Il Duce to shame. Pure awesomeness.

keep the change on August 3, 2010 at 8:21 PM

You have to love him like the eccentric uncle who keeps everyone entertained (in a positive way) at the family gathering. At least until he shoots your dog because it ate the wrong food and is now possessed by evil bacterium. He makes me think of Captain Kangaroo after a traumatic head injury.

ray on August 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Just for fun, I tried to keep a straight face as I watched the ad. After a struggle, I finally lost it when he said “…even if I have to write it in blood.” From that point, it was just a matter of keeping my laughter quiet enough not to drown him out.

I disagree that Kimmel blew the interview. Like Alvin Greene, Marceaux takes his time to express thoughts coherently, and interviewers are on a stopwatch. Kimmel had to move things along. The legit celebs and their agents will be pissed if the oddball “real” person gets in the way of them plugging their next starring role.

If Kimmel is as savvy as I think he is, he will have Greene and Marceaux debate in his studio.

Finally: Does anyone have any idea what his problem is with gold-fringed flags?

L.N. Smithee on August 3, 2010 at 9:26 PM

New York and California have never, ever had complete idiots run a joke campaign for Governor. That is only for those Southern redneck dumbasses, right?

Brian1972 on August 4, 2010 at 12:50 AM

Oh man, I can’t tell if this guy’s for real. It was hard enough to read his page what with the rambling, murder of the English language, and so on. When he talks about honoring the Constitution and protecting the rights of gun owners he starts to make sense, but then he goes off on one of his ridiculous tangents and screws it all up.

Brian1972 on August 4, 2010 at 12:50 AM


Excuse me?

I live in Tennessee and I wouldn’t vote for this dude if you paid me a million bucks.

Ryan Anthony on August 4, 2010 at 7:41 AM

The next governor of Tennessee is Bill Haslam.

Tennesseans are not amused, Allahpundit.

mountainaires on August 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Ryan Anthony on August 4, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Where in Tennessee? I’m in Johnson City. I early voted for Ramsey, but I think Haslam is going to buy the nomination.

ladyingray on August 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Speaking of Tennessee, this weekend is sales-tax free for school supplies, computers, printers, clothes…c’mon down!

ladyingray on August 4, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I think Basil should change his affiliation to democrat, not pay his taxes and run for congress or the senate. With a background like that, he’d be voted right in.

Wills on August 4, 2010 at 9:10 AM

ladyingray on August 4, 2010 at 8:44 AM

West Knoxville.

Ryan Anthony on August 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM

And speaking of this . . . well, this . . . man, I just got around to clicking the Youtube campaign ad. It looks more like a comedy sketch! What the heck! LOL.

Your rights will be protected for all eternity, even if I have to write it in blood.

*two second pause for effects of senility*

If this guy’s trying to imitate one of the Founding Fathers it’s not working. I really thought he was going to cut open a finger and start scribbling. XD

Ryan Anthony on August 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Ryan Anthony on August 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Kewl. My sis lives in Knoxville.

ladyingray on August 4, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Good to know he is a follower of Jesus Christ. That is all I need to know to vote for him!

jsunrise on August 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM

The next governor of Tennessee is Bill Haslam.

Tennesseans are not amused, Allahpundit.

mountainaires on August 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Wait, so it won’t be Zach Wamp?

dczombie on August 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM

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