Perhaps no sitting senator is more vulnerable in 2016 than Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, who'll have to overcome some important hurdles, including his far-right record, to win a second terms.
It's tempting to think, then, that Johnson would be on his best behavior, desperate to put his best foot forward, eager to show Wisconsin voters how much he excels in his job.
Or, alternatively, he can complain bitterly about "The Lego Movie."
The story has followed a curious trajectory. Johnson recently told a local audience that the popular animated film is, in his mind, "insidious" propaganda. When the Huffington Post found this amusing, Johnson apparently took great offense, complaining on Twitter, and publishing a 500-word piece to his official Senate website about how right he is.
Some liberal writer at the Huffington Post was excited to find out that I've been talking to Wisconsinites about how enthusiastically the entertainment media spread a "business is bad" message.
He seems to get hung up on the way I mentioned "The Lego Movie," a children's movie "in which the bad guy is a heartless businessman intent on destroying the world for profit. 'That's done for a reason,' Johnson said. 'They're starting that propaganda, and it's insidious.'"
Johnson encourages readers to watch the video of him complaining about the movie "because I think I'm making a pretty good point" (if he does say so himself).
The GOP lawmaker, recently elevated to chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, repeats his belief that the movie is "anti-business" and added some links to movie reviews that raise similar assertions.
There are two broad areas of concern here, one artistic, the other political. Johnson appears to have failed on both.