Realistically, the only play the GOP has here is to endorse Sotomayor. Say Graham comes out for Sotomayor. Two things would happen. First, such an endorsement would preemptively shut down the grievance machine before it even has a chance to warm up. Second, GOP support would force the Left to reflexively push harder for one of the academic ideologues; thus forcing Obama to referee a left-wing interest group battle royal…which Sotomayor wins anyway lest The One risk cutting into that 67%.