There's a lot of design factors working in this one. The vertical composition was necessary to get the weightiness of the panel. Not only that, without the open space toward the top, the bottom would not seem nearly as crowded. But the eye needed to be drawn down. Originally, I was relying on the dark name plate to do the job, but it became apparent during the process that wasn't going to be enough. Grassley was originally wearing a gray suit coat, which again had to be altered during the process so he would stand out more as an element at the bottom of the panel and keep the eye moving down. The final addition of the speech bubble eases the eye into the downward path a little, and I found it was necessary to complete the message of the cartoon.
Speaking of, if you haven't read Grassley's opinion piece on opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, it's worth a look.
And after all the design elements were in place, I still wasn't satisfied. The pages were actually blank, and I wasn't thrilled about putting lines of text on all of them, but I'm glad I did it. The texture really added something to the piece. Then I thought I might as well take it a bit further and put Kavanaugh's name on at least some of the papers. Glad I did that too.
Overall, I'm pretty proud of the gravity, the visual motion, the texture and the simple nature of the work. I'm just glad I had an unused sketch of Grassley laying around or this would have taken me quite awhile.