Oh sure, bloggers poked fun at Marceaux at first. Wonkette kicked it off. He wants to ban traffic stops, which he equates with slavery, and he promises: “VOTE FOR ME AND IF I WIN I WILL IMMUNE YOU FROM ALL STATE CRIMES FOR THE REST OF YOU LIFE!”
"What can be made fun of first? We just want to live in this man’s brain forever," Wonkette raved, labeling Marceaux "the oracle of Tennessee."
But then something changed in the collective thinking: "Eventually, as with Pabst Blue Ribbon, Basil Marceaux became so ironically popular, people forgot they liked him ironically. They started taking him seriously," New York magazine's Daily Intel observed. An example:
When I first saw the video early this morning, I thought Marceaux had just kicked back a few too many drinks to calm his nerves before a big television appearance but, after viewing Marceaux’s website (which, despite what he says in the video, totally isn’t ImBasilMarceaux.com or even BasilMarceaux.com) and reading his writings, it became clear that what you see is what you get and that this is the real Basil Marceaux…or possibly the most brilliant political performance art prank since Andy Kaufman threw on some cheek puddy, faked a deeper gruff voice, and made everyone believe that there was a real man named “Richard Nixon."
Now headlines like these are popping up: "Meet Gubernatorial Candidate Basil Marceaux: Proof America’s Democracy Is Still Healthy," "Meet Basil Marceaux, a Political Candidate for Our Time" and "Meet Basil Marceaux Dot Com, Tennessee's Next Governor." Not since Barack Obama has a candidate used the Internet so masterfully. Can Marceaux pull a miracle and snatch away victory on Aug. 5? That's the question everyone is asking now. Here's the video that started it all: