I take a darker view of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court justices who decided the outcome of the 2000 presidential election absolutely know what happens in politics. They are the activist judges that the right wing rails against.
The defeat of longtime GOP US Senator Richard Lugar by state treasurer Richard Mourdock is an example. Lugar cultivated a career engaging with Democrats in the Senate. Mourdock has campaigned on an Attila The Hun platform that supposedly resonated with Tea Party supporters. But the Tea Party: who are they? Who are those Mourdock supporters?
The Indiana primary vote, yesterday, showed the power of super PAC's. At least $4.5 million was raised by independent expenditure groups, including the Club for Growth Action. The Koch billionaires are prominent supporters of Club for Growth, but otherwise it is impossible to know the full list of contributors who had it "in" for Richard Lugar. (Time will tell, what corporations from Florida wanted Lugar gone.) The pro-Tea Party super PAC FreedomWorks spent about $580,000 supporting Mourdock; but who really is behind FreedomWorks? We don't know.
The good news for Democrats is that President Obama is formidable on the campaign trail. The economic headwinds are stiff. US voters may yet be persuaded that turning over our democracy to a shadowy underworld of corporations and executives who will not willingly disclose their identities is a very poor way forward.