In fact, the current U.S. Senate reminds me of another movie. There’s a scene in (the criminally underrated) Billy Madison where Adam Sandler’s character tries to convince the kids on a field trip that all the cool kids pee in their pants. Because if everyone does it, nobody will be embarrassed.

On Sunday morning, Wisconsin’ obeisant Sen. Ron Johnson showed up on Meet the Press with a full bladder, anxious to relieve himself on command. A combative Johnson proclaimed he didn’t trust U.S. intelligence agencies and pitched nutball conspiracy theories to exasperated host Chuck Todd, who rightly observed that the senator was just trying to placate America’s most powerful TV viewer.

Sure enough, later in the day, Johnson’s humiliating lapdog routine paid off, earning him a tweet of approval from the president…