Next Monday the hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Do those hearings have to be a waste of time? Not on your life. There’s food for thought–and ammunition for the Republicans doing the only questioning that matters–in Hadley Arkes’s NRO piece from last week, and in a terrific Weekly Standard article by Robert Nagel. And I’ll weigh in myself with a two-parter tomorrow and Friday at The Public Discourse.