Via this post at How Appealing, this AP report describes how the Senate committee hearing for Fourth Circuit nominee Claude Allen, at which Maryland's senators showed up to oppose the nomination.
Also, the Baltimore Sun had this commentary opposing the nomination of Mr. Allen.
This commentary says that Allen and other Bush nominees to the courts of appeals were rated "well qualified" by the ABA standing committee. I don't believe that's true, as to Allen, William Pryor, Deborah Cook, or Janice Brown - not according to this list from the ABA website.
The Curmudgeonly Clerk has this post on the ABA ratings and how they don't matter, except when they do.