GOP SOTOMAYOR STRATEGY COMES TOGETHER…. It’s almost certainly a futile effort, but the congressional minority and their allies have a game plan in mind when it comes to the Sotomayor nomination.

Senate Republicans are finalizing their line of attack against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, casting the nominee as a biased, closed-minded judge who’s on the wrong side of gun rights and affirmative action cases.

In other words, they want to fire up the culture war issues heading into next week’s confirmation hearings — and perhaps awaken an apathetic conservative base that has been sluggish in its reaction to the Supreme Court nominee.

Republicans probably should start lowering expectations. After weeks of scrutiny, GOP researchers haven’t turned up anything of particular interest. Republicans have launched plenty of attacks, but no one seems to care.

All Sotomayor’s detractors seem to be doing is annoying Hispanic groups.

It’s reached the point now that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who’s been occasionally vicious in his criticism of Sotomayor, is now saying, “I honestly think I could vote for her.”

Confirmation hearings begin Monday.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.