Here’s one wire story on Estrada’s decision to withdraw (and here’s another). Frankly, this had been rumored for a while, and Estrada deserves a tremendous amount of credit for sticking it out as long as he did. For a lawyer in private practice, nomination limbo is particularly difficult as it can inhibit one’s ability to develop new clients. Academics and judges who are nominated do not have the same problem. They can wait out obstruction more easily. His decision is a substantial loss for the President, and the D.C. Circuit. Estrada received a unanimous “well-qualified” rating from the ABA, which is exceedingly rare for someone of his age with no prior judicial experience. He would have made a fine judge — which is why, in the end, he was blocked.