Chinese Floaty

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I feel like I drew this cartoon a very long time ago.

I was traveling Thursday and I hadn’t heard anything about Chinese spy balloons. It was either during one of my layovers in Providence or Tampa or after I had landed in Indianapolis that I read a comment by my good friend colleague Joe Heller (on one of my many airport photos on Facebook) asking if I had seen any Chinese spy balloons. I didn’t know what he was talking about. I had been in the air all day…which was the joke about seeing a Chinese spy balloon.

After I had settled in a bit at my hotel on Thursday night, I read up on the Chinese spy balloon, and it was still a developing story, but developing quickly. On Friday morning, I drew a cartoon on DeSantis and black history. And just when I was about to email my editor at CNN about what I should draw, I got one from him saying let’s do a cartoon on the Chinese spy balloon. I was all about it.

I told him I was going to grab some breakfast across the street at Waffle House (is that why my heart is still palpitating?) and then I’d get to work and send him some ideas. While eating my waffle and steak and cheese melt sandwich (so good and greasy), I got this idea. I hurried back, after washing my hands, and sent the rough.

I sent a few more ideas on the balloon but I thought this was the best and if my editor hadn’t selected it, I would have given it to my clients. I liked one of the other ideas and was going to draw it Saturday morning for my clients, but then I got the Trump baby idea, and they got that.

Now, I don’t know if I’m that crazy about this idea. The narrative has changed since I drew this last Friday, and it’s become one of such stupid partisan bullshit. Have you seen Jim Jordan’s tweets about this? I’m back in Virginia now, it’s Monday night, and after a bit of a whirlwind weekend, last Friday seems so long ago.

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