In Tennessee, anyone can be governor. Even Basil

Hello from’s Washington Bureau, where your fearless reporter is holed up in the Watergate Hotel with a harem of Capitol Hill interns and steady supply of cholesterol and whiskey. We’ve learned a lot in our few days in town, not all of it over the cuppa tae with Mr Obama (he’s more of a Barrys than Lyons man). Most importantly, we’ve discovered that gombeenism is not dead in the United States, it’s alive and well, living in Tennessee and named Basil Marceaux Dot Com. In this country, anyone can become president. Or Governor. Well, at least they can try:

Note: Not sure if clip from the Colbert Report will play outside the US:

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Thanks to Kieran Mulvaney for pointing this gem out to me…
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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.