FLORIDA GOV GIVES UP ON ACORN MESSAGE…. This morning, Sarah Palin continued to talk about Obama “tolerating voter fraud.” It’s a little surprising that no one has stopped to explain to the poor governor the difference between voter fraud and registration fraud, but Palin isn’t exactly a fact-oriented kind of candidate anyway.

But it appears the Republican ticket is going to keep repeating transparent nonsense. McCain, in one of his more pathetic moments last night, argued that ACORN may be in the process of “destroying the fabric of democracy” — an insane claim that’s mysteriously drawn no media scrutiny at all.

Marc Ambinder noted the other day that “it’s hard to find an honest GOPer” who actually believes ACORN-related voter registration will help Obama. Once in a while, one is even willing to admit this out loud.

Florida’s governor says his fellow Republicans may be exaggerating claims of voter fraud in the state.

Gov. Charlie Crist said Wednesday that he has confidence in Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who says there’s only been a scattering of isolated incidents.

Crist said in the closing days of any campaign “there are some who sort of enjoy chaos.” There may be more of that going on than fraud, he said.

Crist’s candor came one day after McCain, slipping into a sad delusional state, insisted that “vote fraud” might cost him a victory in Florida.

Granted, there’s apparently some sort of rift between Crist and McCain right now, with the Florida governor distancing himself from the Republican campaign, but his dismissal of ridiculous McCain/Palin conspiracy theories is nevertheless striking.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.