Are Americans really talking about “stealing elections”?

James Moore, the author of The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power and co-author of Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, was asked by Amy Goodman what to make of Rove’s confidence going into the elections. Rove has said:

Unlike the general public, I’m allowed to see the polls on the individual races, and, after all, this does come to individual contests between individual candidates… I’m looking at all these, Robert, and adding them up, and I add up to a Republican Senate and a Republican House. You may end up with a different math, but you’re entitled to your math, I’m entitled to the math.

In response, Moore said:

The problem is that when Karl Rove says these kinds of things, it immediately spawns conspiracy theories and a number of other things related to electronic voting and voter suppression and any number of other things, that he has the confidence that they can turn an election and keep it, quote/unquote, “close enough to steal.” Whether Karl Rove knows bad things that the rest of us don’t know is what’s causing a lot of people concern right now.

It is a serious thing to accuse Rove and the GOP of election stealing. Moore isn’t making that allegation, but it strikes me as amazing that people in the United States are even talking about it. There have always been nutjob conspiracy theorists, but here we have a pretty entrenched view that there’s been a nasty whiff around recent elections. I don’t know if elections have been “stolen.” But how did it get to the point that we’re even suspecting such a thing could be possible?