So . . . Sotomayor hearings start today. Summer news is always hard to come by but I, personally, am going to try to resist the temptation to over-hype this. I don’t think anybody thinks that replacing Souter with Sotomayor will substantially alter the course of American jurisprudence nor does anybody think that Sotomayor won’t be confirmed. The show is just a show; a spectacle with little real meaning.