Alphonse and Gaston


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Alphonse and Gaston

personifications of overdone politeness. [Comics: Horn, 77–78]
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American and Iranian plans for nuclear negotiations were reduced to an Alphonse and Gaston routine this past week as each said the other must go first at the October 15-16 talks in Geneva.
The leadership of both political parties betrayed state and local governments by agreeing to a carefully crafted bipartisan bill and then playing Alphonse and Gaston at the end of the session to not act.
They then engaged in an Alphonse and Gaston conversation about compensation: