Going to War Over a Judge

Why are Senate Democrats kicking up such a fuss over a Hispanic lawyer who wants to be a judge? Their filibuster against Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada, a Honduran-born Washington attorney, to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is risky for the party, since the G.O.P. has resorted to phone banks and radio ads to portray opposition to the nomination as anti-Hispanic.

The fight is in part about ideology. Democrats hear from Republican insiders that Estrada's beliefs are to the right of those of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most conservative Justice. And they fear that Bush would try to elevate...

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