The Democrats are spending their time trying to stop Nader. They should be challenging him on issues. If they have a vision and program that people are interested in, that speaks to people, that inspires people, then they have nothing to worry about. They would win the election hands down. Bush is ready to go down in flames.
The reason Democrats are worried about Nader is because he is talking about the things they should be talking about. He is addressing issues that affect people. Nader is running a smart campaign. He is reaching across political boundaries and speaking to people on common sense issues.
Ironically, all the attention that the democrats give to Nader is also helping to invigorate his campaign. Seeing the democrats trying to stop Nader in Arizona with a lawsuit, just makes people root for the underdog. Listening to the constant fear mongering reveals how lacking in substance the democrats are and moves people towards Nader.
The Democrats are digging their own grave. Naders campaign is gaining momentum because it is filling some of the vacuum left by the Democrats abdication of any real dialog with the people. And if the Democrats lose, they will blame Nader again, and not look at their own failings.
Nader is running a smart campaign because he is breaking out of the conservative/liberal rut and reaching out to people based on common sense and the issues important to the majority of people, regardless of political affiliation. He is pointing out the path that reaches beyond this false dichotomy and which can unite people in common cause.
The responsibility is not with Nader to drop out, or with the voters to vote democratic no matter what. The responsibility lies with the Democrats to articulate something worth voting for. Rather than take that responsibility and the challenge to actually win the election, they, like a spoiled child, demand it handed to them on a silver platter and then, when they don't get what they want, they petulantly put the blame anywhere but where it belongs... on themselves.