Worried that the McCain/Palin ticket will not win on November 4th, the right wing is spinning up the narrative that they will use on Nobember 5th to explain a possible loss. It is a good narrative, for them, as they get to use this to bring back the "super secret liberal takeover" myth that extreme or unfamiliar parts of the American left hold unfair sway over national elections. With it, they also get to continue using the "silent majority" myth: that they only lost elections because of lefty shenanigans, not because the majority of the voting population had chosen someone of another party to support.
I reckon this isn't completely disingenuous from the folks crying "Sore Loserman" in 2000, when one side wanted actual votes verified and all...
They've already put the words in the mouths of the center-left coalition, what folks like me will say on Nobember 5th if Obama loses - that he lost because he was black - despite the fact that it is not yet November 5th, the election has not yet been won or lost by any campaign, and I haven't yet chimed in about why the election was theoretically lost.
I mean, this sort of mythbuilding and narrative creation isn't completely one sided, as Democrats in Georgia explained Roy Barnes' thrashing at the hands of Sonny Perdue as being the undue result of "rebel flag voters;" not the teachers Barnes shat all over with his NCLB-like education initiatives.
But you can always tell which side feels weaker going into an election based on how shrill they sound and how many excuses are being made before the fact. Right now, the idea that an organization like ACORN will turn the entire election and undermine the foundations of democracy is rather laughable. Slate has a fascinating explanation of what is going on. This whole thing is political, and gives Republicans an easy boogeyman (one they've been after for a while). It is the same kind of unhinged narrative that comes out of the far left about right-wing malfeasance during elections. The unfortunate thing is the traction it is getting, and that just goes to show how much more effective the right wing mythmaking machine is than the left.
It is also a shame that the media can't seem to expose possible scandals like this ACORN stuff long before the fact (like, when they first find out about it) and take their cues mainly from the right wing blogosphere on these items. It is also a shame that the media will spend far more time on items like this (that get them ratings) than tracking down really real problems like faulty election machines, inaccurate voting databases, ridiculous micro-precinct voting, gerrymandering along political lines and a host of other problems with our election systems that go ignored.