Classic Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The best answer is a non-answer.

  2. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, over 2 years ago

    Remember when Ron Ziegler was publicly shoved by Nixon? Yes, Nixon was something else, for sure…

  3. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, over 2 years ago

    Great post, thanks.

  4. PuckerbrushCity

    PuckerbrushCity said, over 2 years ago

    oooohh…so that’s where Poppy Bush learned his strange verbal non-abilities.

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years ago

    " ‘I am not a schnook.’ …no, no, that’s not quite right…."

  6. ebsan

    ebsan said, over 2 years ago

    “I don’t know, but when I find out, I’ll get back to you”. Most politicians are more long-winded than a Southern Baptist preacher.

  7. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 2 years ago


    Yes, I remember the bit about Nixon shoving Ziegler. Ziegler was a handy punching bag for absorbing Nixon’s ire about other things. See,3428784

  8. alfracto

    alfracto said, over 2 years ago

    Curse you! It took me ten minutes to get up off the floor, I’ve used up my tears of laughter for a whole month!

  9. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, over 2 years ago

    Who knew Sarah Palin actually had a role model?

  10. dook

    dook said, over 2 years ago

    Reminds me of Sir Humphrey Appleby in “Yes Minister”. One example: “Yes, yes, yes, I do see that there is a real dilemma here. In that, while it has been government policy to regard policy as a responsibility of Ministers and administration as a responsibility of Officials, the questions of administrative policy can cause confusion between the policy of administration and the administration of policy, especially when responsibility for the administration of the policy of administration conflicts, or overlaps with, responsibility for the policy of the administration of policy.”
    “It’s clear that the Committee has agreed that your new policy is really an excellent plan. But in view of some of the doubts being expressed, may I propose that I recall that after careful consideration, the considered view of the Committee was that, while they considered that the proposal met with broad approval in principle, that some of the principles were sufficiently fundamental in principle, and some of the considerations so complex and finely balanced in practice that in principle it was proposed that the sensible and prudent practice would be to submit the proposal for more detailed consideration, laying stress on the essential continuity of the new proposal with existing principles, the principle of the principal arguments which the proposal proposes and propounds for their approval. In principle. "(

  11. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, over 2 years ago


    Sir Humphrey Appleby: And to that end, I recommend that we set up an interdepartmental committee with fairly broad terms of reference so that at the end of the day we’ll be in the position to think through the various implications and arrive at a decision based on long-term considerations rather than rush prematurely into precipitate and possibly ill-conceived action which might well have unforeseen repercussions.
    James Hacker: You mean no.
    Bernard Woolley: But, you only need to know things on a need-to-know basis.
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: I need to know everything. How else can I judge whether or not I need to know it?
    Bernard Woolley: So that means you need to know things even when you don’t need to know them. You need to know them not because you need to know them but because you need to know whether or not you need to know. If you don’t need to know, you still need to know so that you know that there is no need to know.
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Yes!
    Bernard Woolley: Good. That’s very clear!

    Employment Secretary: Prime Minister, why was my request for a further discussion and your reply not minuted?
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Ah, Prime Minister… It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member’s recollection of them differs violently from every other member’s recollection. Consequently we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have officially recorded in the minutes by the officials, from which it emerges with an elegant inevitability that any decision which has been officially reached will have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes has not been officially reached even if one or more members believe they can recollect it, so in this particular case if the decision had been officially reached it would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the officials. And it isn’t so it wasn’t.

  12. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Is the best reply a non-reply?

  13. Kali39

    Kali39 said, over 2 years ago

    And that, boys, is the difference between an expert and a piker (Tony SnowJob, anyone?)

  14. FrNoah

    FrNoah GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Classic Doonesbury is fine, but this stuff is so dated as to be boring for those of us who remember it the first time. Come on Trudeau, get to work! or Retire again.

  15. Black4dder

    Black4dder GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    That was such an excellent show, Yes, Prime Minister (and its predecessor, Yes, Minister).

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