[QUOTE]The transformation is complete: The once-great developer turned television celebrity has become, in this latest iteration, a braying spokesman of the lunatic fringe.
I am referring, of course, to Donald Trump, whose election-night tweets suggest that he has abandoned any desire for mainstream acceptance, opting increasingly for the feverish sweet-nothings of Tea Party recalcitrants.
As the polls closed on Tuesday and the ballot counts made their way to television screens, @realDonaldTrump sent his 1.8 million messages that were first optimistic about Mitt Romney's chances, then increasingly bellicose and, finally, just shameful, even for the man with the golden combover. Celebrity does come with responsibility, after all.
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know @AnnDRomney & @MittRomney this past year. They love America. Let's push them over the top
today," Trump tweeted in the afternoon, presumably still in good spirits.
But as the polls closed, his mood soured.
"Well, back to the drawing board!" he tweeted at 11:18 p.m., right as the networks were declaring that President Obama had secured a second term. And it only got worse from there.
"We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!" Trump tweeted at 11:29 p.m., seemingly unaware that he has done plenty on his own to make sure America remains hopelessly fractious. Never mind the more obvious questions: What, exactly, can we not let happen? And how are we supposed to stop it?
This went on, as all things Trump must. "Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us," he tweeted a little later, referring, presumably, to a world different than the one in which every nation but Pakistan overwhelmingly supports Obama. As for the "disgusting injustice," I suppose he meant Americans of all creeds, colors and persuasions performing that most basic and most thrilling act of democracy.
Speaking of which, Trump's next tweet declared that "we're not a democracy." Hyperbole and exaggeration may well be our birthright; but calling into question the electoral process by someone who, only months ago, aspired to become President, is going way, way too far.
By midnight, Trump seems to have accepted an Obama victory and turned to more practical matters: "House of Representatives shouldn't give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare." Score one for bipartisanship, eh?[QUOTE]