My editor, Antonio Fins, rejected the above cartoon in sketch form this morning. His rationale:
"The devil waiting for Dick Cheney to autograph a book? Yeah, ok. Ho-hum.
"I’m not a fan of Satan comparisons. I didn’t find this cartoon to be that clever or creative. Dick Cheney is great fodder for a cartoonist, and I don’t think this cartoon maximized that potential.
"It’s a subjective decision on my part. No doubt.
"So, in deciding whether I made the right call, here is what you need to consider. After I rejected the devil-in-line cartoon, Chan came up with a replacement – the one about the Bachmann cocktail. Admit it. The latter was a much, much better cartoon.
"So I think I made the right call.
"Because when I compare what I gave up vs. what we ended up with, the replacement was a better, more clever cartoon.
"I am a brilliant Decider."
My take: Personally, I thought the Cheney cartoon was on a par with the Bachmann cocktail number (linked above, as well as being the previous blog posting). Maybe Tony isn't a fan of Satan comparisons because, in this case, he didn't want to offend Satan.
Weigh in and let me know what you think.