Miguel, Ma Belle

The racial ugliness under Miguel Estrada’s now-withdrawn nomination.

Miguel Estrada, President Bush’s controversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., withdrew his name from consideration this morning after a lengthy filibuster by Senate Democrats and an increasingly rancorous national debate about the role of judicial ideology in the confirmation process.

Republican leaders have charged that in challenging Estrada, Democrats have torpedoed the possibility of a Hispanic being confirmed to the Supreme Court. Last February, Dahlia Lithwick reviewed the race politics lurking under the arguments of Estrada’s supporters and detractors.