As the Sotomayor confirmation hearings
begin, give a read to E.J. Dionne.
He explains how the Republican noise is just a "framing" exercise to establish that a mainstream moderate like Sotomayor is the limits Republicans will accept on the court. They want to preserve the power of the increasingly activist conservative bloc, its activism embodied by its overreaching to overturn a century of precedent on corporate contributions to political campaigns.