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.
A POPULAR comic strip in America many years ago featured two bumbling characters, Alphonse and Gaston, both of whom had a penchant for politeness.
It seems to me Congress and the Supreme Court are engaged in a game of Alphonse and Gaston, as each waits for the other to act on the constitutional objections raised against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175).
I have since learned that Alphonse and Gaston were comic strip characters from the early 1900s who were so deferential to each other that they never accomplished any thing.
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.
He published collections of some of his productions, among them Our Antediluvian Ancestors (1902), Happy Hooligan (1902), and Alphonse and Gaston (1902).
They then engaged in an Alphonse and Gaston conversation about compensation: