To me, this is an example of why The Onion is way, way ahead of most other humor sites/mags; the attention to detail. Anyone can write funny headlines, we’ve done it here on the Dope a number of times. The follow-on story that The Onion usually does is a lot of times funnier than the headline. The avatar, the Monster ad, the fact that Joe Biden’s e-mail is in the trash unread with a bunch of spam. That’s comedy gold right there.
The bluntness of the Cheney email was the colorful sprinkle on top of the cupcake.
Also, I have to say, the gag of the original article (moveon sending too much spam) missed a chance to mention that Obama’s org itself sends sometimes two or three emails a day. Unless that’s the subtle point of the joke, in which case I’m getting whooshed.