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  • It is an unlikely geopolitical Alphonse-and-Gaston routine, featuring two men who are outriders in their own political landscapes and who have each taken a risk by going against the conventional wisdom in Paris and Washington.

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  • Following the 2008 crash, there occurred an Alphonse-and-Gaston routine under which Congress and President Bush suspended the MRD rules for 2009 on the theory that the Treasury would, pursuant to its regulatory authority, abate the MRD rules for 2008.


  • In Congress, an Alphonse-and-Gaston routine imperils the region’s main transit system.

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  • The phrase "Alphonse-and-Gaston routine", or "Alphonse-Gaston Syndrome", indicates a situation wherein one party refuses to act until another party acts first... Also, the phrase has a specific meaning in baseball lingo: when two fielders allow a catchable ball to drop between them, it is known as “doing the Alphonse and Gaston.”

    Alphonse and Gaston was an American comic strip by Frederick Burr Opper, featuring a bumbling pair of Frenchmen with a penchant for politeness.

    December 28, 2017