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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Tom Toles's Cartoon Caption Contest returns

By Tom Toles

Welcome back to the Tom Toles Cartoon Caption Contest.

Here's how it works. Below is a cartoon, sketched by me, your resident editorial cartoonist. The prize is a print of that cartoon, signed by me and including the caption suggested by the winner.

No purchase necessary. To enter, please post your suggested caption(s) in the comments section. You have until 11:59 p.m. ET on February 21. I'll read through all the entries and plan to announce a winner by the next evening.

You may want to double check that there’s an active e-mail associated with your washingtonpost.com login. If we're unable to successfully contact the winner within three days, the prize will go to a runner up.

Good luck!

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By Tom Toles  | February 15, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
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Comments

Ready! Aim! Compromi-------

Posted by: raap | February 22, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

No, son, I believe that it's the Tea Party's solution for getting rid of the two-party system.

Posted by: raap | February 22, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Dueling for Dummies.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 22, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

They're bred to shoot first, fix safety nets later.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 22, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Dueling ideologues.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 22, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

The United States of Divisiveness.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 22, 2011 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Lil T, This is the Greatest Showdown on Earth.
Don't worry it will be replayed for the next 235 years in case you miss something.

Posted by: dipka | February 22, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh yea Lil T, I thought handguns were illegal in the District too.

Posted by: dipka | February 21, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

No Lil T, We aren't THERE yet. The circus is is up ahead. This is still Washington.

Posted by: dipka | February 21, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

No Lil T, we're not THERE yet. This isn't the circus. It's still Washington.

Posted by: dipka | February 21, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

He's gone too far this time. PETA's gonna picket Mr. Toles over this one.


tiny toles: I promise no animals were injured in the making of this cartoon.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 21, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

The act is called Congress.
They have free health care.

Posted by: mullen3 | February 21, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

They are hot air pistols.

Posted by: XRayD | February 21, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

“Watch this, son. The House Wallendas work without a public and no bullets.”

Posted by: Philoctetes1 | February 21, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

How moderate politicians became extinct.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

They've elevated divisive politics into an art.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Guarding against attacks from the extreme right or left.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

See Lil Tommy T., better turn off the lights when you leave your room...or you'll end up with that...Increased Demand on the Power Line...

Posted by: dipka | February 21, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

They are hot air pistols.

Posted by: XRayD | February 21, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Balancing politics and pragmatism.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Politics balances opposing interests.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Balancing Freedom and Security.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Fighting for future jobs.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Balancing principles and politics.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Cirque du Noway.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Fairly balanced principles.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Balancing their principles.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

They're protecting us from the extremists.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"That doesn't matter--they've finally got each others' backs on an issue!"

Posted by: dshepherd2 | February 21, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Meeting in the middle, Washington style.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"They're each about to pull an about-face on the issues separating them."

Posted by: dshepherd2 | February 21, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"Someone convinced them this was the way the Founding Fatheres settled their differences back in the day…"

Posted by: dshepherd2 | February 21, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

They decided to cut out the middle man.

Little Toles: and the safety net.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

In theory, they're meeting in the middle.

Little Toles: gravity is a theory.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

compromise is a warm gun.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Remember, you agreed no shooting below the belt!!!

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

They agreed to meet in the middle.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

They decided to shoot first, fix nets later.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"Huh! So THIS is what goes on inside the Capitol Dome!"

Posted by: dshepherd2 | February 21, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"This? This is nothing. The winner gets to balance the budget!"

Posted by: dshepherd2 | February 21, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Title: The New Civility

Bubble: So this is what they meant by "taking a shot at bipartisanship."

Posted by: mmiron1 | February 21, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

So this is what they meant by "taking a shot at bipartisanship."

Posted by: mmiron1 | February 21, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll give you fifty bucks to fire that cannon.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 21, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

That's right, step three paces, turn around, then shoot yourself in the foot! (The trick is not hitting the wire too!)

Posted by: justinportiz | February 21, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Why do I have this irresistable urge to yell "Fire"?


tiny toles: You're only human.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 21, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"As I said six days ago Son, 'Neither one wants to change his position--- Politics as usual!'"

Posted by: PatinBoulderCityNV | February 21, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

'this oughta be good..., the both have 31 clip glocks!'

Posted by: dnev | February 21, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

'this outta be good..., they both have 31 clip glocks!'

Posted by: dnev | February 21, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

They've been up there for days. They're trying to figure out which side is the left and which is the right.

Posted by: gjgiu55 | February 21, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time that they've been together in the middle of anything.

Posted by: gjgiu55 | February 21, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

They're both smiling. The donkey took the bullets out of both guns, and the elephant
slashed the donkey's half of the rope.

Posted by: gjgiu55 | February 21, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Civility, Obama style.

Posted by: ecartr5 | February 21, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who will win, but I know who's going to be stuck with the bill to clean up their mess.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 21, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

They're backing each other up.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 21, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"The outcomes are all good..."

Posted by: whitehousetv | February 21, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"You see, there is hope for bi-partisanship! The Democrats are moving to the right, and the Republicans are moving to the left!"

Posted by: tlkoski | February 21, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Are they on a G-(as in gov't) string?

Posted by: gbachelis | February 21, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Lots of voters on America's Got Talent.

Posted by: ken17 | February 21, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"Ya know honey...maybe a clean start won't be so bad afterall. Now all we have to worry about is what to do with the rest of these clowns?"

Posted by: kcarey01 | February 21, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the spam below. I get it now--it posts on top. I'm an idiot.

Posted by: kerrysullivan | February 21, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Same circus different set of clowns.

Posted by: twilson117 | February 21, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Go figure--we go to a circus and politics break out."

Posted by: kerrysullivan | February 21, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"Go figure--we go to a circus and politics break out."

Posted by: kerrysullivan | February 21, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"Go figure--we go to the circus and politics break out."

Posted by: kerrysullivan | February 21, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Congress agrees to shoot first and fix the safety net later.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Congress shoots first and compromises later.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship is just the first step.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Bipartisanship got held up by principle.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Congress refuses to compromise on principle.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Congress refuses to compromise on principle.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

They both refuse to compromise their principles.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Principled compromise needs a safety net.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Principled compromise takes a step forward.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Look! Another Budget Standoff.

Posted by: bburkesj | February 21, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

They both believe they're headed in the right direction.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

They agreed to go forward together.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

In 2011, Congress agreed to preserve bipartisanship in it's natural habitat.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Bubble:
*Ahem*
Checks and Balances means 'one pushes and one pulls.'
But we filled up the government with fools.
So, let me elaborate,
They ceased to collaborate.
Now all we're left with are high wire duels.

Tiny Toles:
Are we still in the "stupid cloud?"

Posted by: franklndsy | February 21, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting for the right to fight for our rights.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

They're got stuck fighting for a way forward without losing the center.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Of course we'll have to clean up the mess..with our checkbooks.

Posted by: beengiraffing | February 21, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

They got stuck this way after they agreed to disagree.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Let's go home. They will never get to sixty one million!

Posted by: mrerydes | February 21, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting for their constitutional right to shoot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

They both think they're fighting for the center.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting to see who'll shoot himself in the foot first.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting to see who goes first.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting about how to stop fighting.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

They're fighting for the center.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

On balance, they agreed to fight for the center.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

They're perfectly balanced on agreeing to disagree.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

They agree that they disagree on being agreeable.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:52 AM | Report abuse

First to shoot himself in foot loses.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

So are you both sure you want to cut the safety net?

Little toles: Gravity is just a theory.

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | February 21, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

They can't get any closer on this issue.

Posted by: geojr1955 | February 21, 2011 5:56 AM | Report abuse

The Founding Fathers would be stunned at just how far we have come in over 200 years.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 21, 2011 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Do you think that Jackass realizes he has gum on the bottom of his shoe?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 21, 2011 5:07 AM | Report abuse

The winner gets to go hunting with Dick Cheney.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 21, 2011 4:36 AM | Report abuse

They think they can hide and protect each other from the Tea Party up there, but the Tea Party may be the next act in this year's circus.

Jim

Posted by: swanjame | February 21, 2011 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Okay, Miss Palin. Now what?


x

Posted by: xexon | February 21, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

TIGHTROPE DUEL OF THE WAR MONGER ELE-ASSES.....and the masses lose!

Posted by: ticked | February 20, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

THE GREATEST SHOW ABOVE EARTH


TINY TOLES: The height does make for great drama but don't worry they'll only aim to confuse.

Posted by: jrwrites | February 20, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

BIPARTISANSHIP REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

tiny toles- In this case the dueling serves dual purposes.

Posted by: jrwrites | February 20, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I should never have told the elephant about the donkey and Palin.

Tiny Toles: T'was a slip of the tongue.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 20, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I should never have told the elephant about the donkey and Palin.

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 20, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

THE DUELING DO NOTHINGS

tiny toles: I've seen this act before, they both aim to confuse.

Posted by: jrwrites | February 20, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The last time Toles did one of these circus cartoons, they both ended up with Post dramatic press disorder.

Jim

Posted by: swanjame | February 20, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That's the new political Ying-Yang symbol.

Posted by: fhedrick | February 20, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

They're both starting off on the wrong foot.

Posted by: fhedrick | February 20, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes we can!

Jim

Posted by: swanjame | February 20, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Take three paces and shoot yourselves in the foot."

Tiny Toles: "And remember the safety net is gone."

Posted by: Steve1000 | February 20, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope there's no collateral damage!

Posted by: jonroesler | February 20, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

There's nothing quite like the two-party system!

Posted by: jonroesler | February 20, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Another example of senseless violence.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 20, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

At least they met each other halfway.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 20, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

No wonder this circus is going bankrupt.

Posted by: HazeB | February 20, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The same boring show every day!

Jim

Posted by: swanjame | February 20, 2011 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Now that the budget is down to the wire, their best compromise is to turn, aim, and fire.

Posted by: jenae-wp | February 19, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Not the "Coke Wars"...The Koch Wars

and in a smaller caption, the 2 sitting in the gallery saying..."Who does lead this country anyway?"

Posted by: feverjr | February 19, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the Patriot act.

Posted by: kmswthrt41 | February 19, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Posted by: ken17 | February 19, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, if it's not about entitlements, where's the safety net?

Posted by: puppee0 | February 19, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

20 bucks says they both try to shoot the rope out from under each other.

Posted by: SillyPirate | February 19, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever . . . they've done the balancing act for years and I'll bet they're using blanks."

Posted by: johngilnancy | February 19, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever . . . the balancing act you've done for years and I'll bet you're using blanks."

Posted by: johngilnancy | February 19, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

They seem ready to compromise.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 19, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Doesn't look like a soft landing"

Posted by: JeffLevin-Scherz | February 19, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The guns are for show. They are holding each others back.

Posted by: serban1 | February 19, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Look, the shutdown showdown!

Tiny Toles: Still no safety net ...

Posted by: jcbkam | February 19, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Look, the shutdown showdown!

Tiny Toles: Too bad they can't balance the budget...

Posted by: jcbkam | February 19, 2011 9:01 AM | Report abuse

If you truly want to understand the laws in this country, it's important for you to see how they're made.

Posted by: Trackman | February 19, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

How did we get here?

Tiny Toles: It was a group effort.

Posted by: junkman99 | February 19, 2011 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what it means son. Either it's a gang sign or they're dealing drugs.

Tiny Toles: The over the hill gang?

Posted by: DrWho2 | February 19, 2011 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Our best hope is that they both hit their targets.

tiny Toles: That will give us little people a chance.

Posted by: cliff9 | February 19, 2011 12:17 AM | Report abuse

"My money is on the rope."
"Why?"
"It was made in China."

Posted by: slinks70 | February 18, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Look, no safety net!

Tiny Toles: Just like us ...

Posted by: jcbkam | February 18, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Look! No safety net, just like us!

Posted by: jcbkam | February 18, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

"If we're lucky, gravity works in our favor"

Posted by: slinks70 | February 18, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"If we're lucky, gravity will work in our favor"

Posted by: slinks70 | February 18, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

They'll probably miss.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

They're only promising to shoot each other.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Send in the clowns.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Stay Clear! This could end badly.

Posted by: SayNoToGOP | February 18, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Ya see son, what they forgot is that the new Obamacare Health Insurance only covers you if you are shot on the ground by a gang banger, not on a tightrope and shot by a halfwit!

Posted by: splatman_66 | February 18, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

See Timmy? If the DC handgun ban was not declared unconstitutional, these idiots would not need Obamacare!

Posted by: briankane861 | February 18, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least they have their priorities in order!

Posted by: liz2kids | February 18, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least they have their priorities in order!

Posted by: liz2kids | February 18, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You see, Timmy, this is why we call the House the greatest faux show on earth. Just wait until they send in the Senate clowns.

Posted by: jcgodwin | February 18, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"See son, this is why the circus needs more than two performers."

Posted by: ruffinic | February 18, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Guns don't kill people, politicians kill people.

Posted by: crudden | February 18, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Spending freeze - their guns are empty. They're up there until the rope breaks.

Posted by: ariellem | February 18, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

voting on bills was getting too complicated.

Posted by: benzden | February 18, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Citizens United, the NRA got to pick which gun has the bullet.

Posted by: Dave1977 | February 18, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

10 paces, turn and shoot. They manage to hit their own feet every time, which is the cue for the clown car full of commentators to arrive, followed by the party spin acrobats.

Posted by: Ellen_cicconi | February 18, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"One day son you'll understand that when we don't work together, we all come out losers."

Posted by: nicoledawson9 | February 18, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

‎"They've been in that same position for 30 years."

Posted by: CharlesAS3 | February 18, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Look Dad Circus Clowns?..."NO SON"..THAT"S THE GOVERNMENT PREFORMING THE MARRIAGE VOWS....."UNTIL DEATH DO WE PART."

Posted by: hannnaaliv | February 18, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand how that many journalists fit in such a tiny little car...

Posted by: frostguinness | February 18, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

It only takes a second to understand the Second Amendment...

Posted by: FirstonWhose | February 18, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand how that many journalists fit in such a tiny little car...

Posted by: frostguinness | February 18, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Political tightrope duel between our two party system gets more interesting with every circus sun.

Posted by: Peacejoylovelight | February 18, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Political tightrope duel between our two party system gets more interesting with every circus sun.

Posted by: Peacejoylovelight | February 18, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry honey, the program said Justin Bieber!"

Posted by: bbeshwate | February 18, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Who do you think will fall the hardest?

Posted by: kmswthrt41 | February 18, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Who do you think will fall the hardest?

Posted by: kmswthrt41 | February 18, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope their guns don't go off in in mid air. Those donkeys and elephants sure know how to put on a good show!

Posted by: nshe | February 18, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The deficit would be paid if Pelosi and Bachmann dueled it out in a cage match.

Posted by: MNmama | February 18, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

They finally found something they could agree on, get ready for one to be taken out. I have dibs on the elephant!

Posted by: frncesc2001 | February 18, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's just pray their guns don't go off off in mid air. Those donkeys and elephants sure know how to put on a good show!

Posted by: nshe | February 18, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

When I said that I'd toe the line with bipartisanship, I didn't think they'd take me literally.

Posted by: SuzyQ6 | February 18, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Caption:
Gentlemen! Can you speed it up please? The Chinese circus is due here any moment.

Posted by: jbsupplee | February 18, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"But when are we gonna see the clowns, Daddy?"

"You're lookin' at 'em now, son."

Posted by: talk2velda | February 18, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

common ground

Posted by: roboloki | February 18, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"But when are we gonna see the clowns, Daddy?"

"You're lookin' at 'em now, son."

Posted by: talk2velda | February 18, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that is the balance of power we are looking for.

Posted by: mandoleer | February 18, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they realize that the safety net has been shredded?

Posted by: Mohunch | February 18, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if they realize the GOP's gun is really loaded?!"

Posted by: Mfhugh | February 18, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if they realize the GOP's gun is really loaded?!"

Posted by: Mfhugh | February 18, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone's going to be wishing they'd voted for the safety net instead of for gun control

Posted by: bbarrie | February 18, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if they know the GOPs gun is really loaded..."

Posted by: Mfhugh | February 18, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's a highwire act if I'd ever saw one.

Posted by: JW_WDBG | February 18, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Everybody's a clown in this circus.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The guns might not be, but they're sure loaded.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that when they shoot at each other they shoot us?

Posted by: OchamsRazor | February 18, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see the fireworks when they fall off of the wire.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | February 18, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

O'well the one good thing is that they will be shooting at each other instead of us.

Posted by: OchamsRazor | February 18, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Dad, is this the circus?" "No, Son, it's the Patriot Act."

Posted by: watzknew | February 18, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, kiddo - they're just dummies.

Tiny Toles: If they weren't, there'd be a safety net.

Posted by: Voiceinthedesert | February 18, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Republicans and Democats adopting "big tent" political strategies for 2012.

Posted by: brentlell | February 18, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry the guns are like their promises they're not real.

Posted by: twilson117 | February 18, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it nice to see them so close together: just like at the State of the Union address.

Posted by: donpaluh1 | February 18, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Here, have some bread, Junior. It may be the last you'll see.

Posted by: rhetor | February 18, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

It's best out of five.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

They're both shooting blanks.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 18, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

"I know it's so cold they stuck together, but Tom Toles says that just proves how warm it's getting in here"

Little guy " ????? "

Posted by: whatsup4 | February 18, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"It's remarkably effective."

Posted by: rprotsik | February 18, 2011 7:14 AM | Report abuse

"Gentleman's knee? Not in our lifetime."

Posted by: rprotsik | February 18, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

"Wide right, wide left."

Posted by: rprotsik | February 18, 2011 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Do you see this Junior?...This is what you get when Ringling Brothers sells the tents naming rights to Smith and Wesson.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 18, 2011 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Do you this Junior?...This is what you get when Ringling Brothers sells the tents naming rights to Smith and Wesson.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 18, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

This is how they choose the winner on "Survivor: Washington D.C."?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 18, 2011 6:34 AM | Report abuse

BABAR!!!! EEYORE!!!! STOP!!!! BOEHNER SAYS THE FUNDING FOR PBS IS SAFE!!

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 18, 2011 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh good! Mutually Assured Destruction. Maybe there's hope for us after all...

Tiny Toles: it's a MAD, MAD, MAD world

Posted by: kardelen889 | February 18, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Siamese Politicans, connected at the backside, True Flip Flop, nobody wins, especially not us.

Posted by: taopower | February 18, 2011 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Says here that the one that hits the ground last is the winner...

Posted by: rbarry531 | February 18, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, the one that hits the ground last, wins...

Posted by: rbarry531 | February 18, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Caption:
"Still waiting for the other one to move".

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 17, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Title: High Noon

Caption: I guess it's no longer morning in America.

Posted by: junkman99 | February 17, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Son, this is different from the "Job Killing Act" that the elephant has been talking about. This one does kill jobs.

Posted by: careye1 | February 17, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

They're both gonna crash and burn from this, we'll just have to judge the winner by whoever breaks the other's fall

Posted by: trench2k | February 17, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

They're both gonna crash and burn from this, we'll just have to judge the winner by whoever's fall breaks the other

Posted by: trench2k | February 17, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the careful balancing act between those two is about to smack right into the dirt

Posted by: trench2k | February 17, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

When the republicans said they wanted to end the social safety net, who'd have guessed they'd be removing the net under themselves along with it

Posted by: trench2k | February 17, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

At least the pistols are made in the USA

Posted by: BrendanDC_ | February 17, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

How did those clowns get up there?

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 17, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Caption: The President insisted on civility, so they’re using bipartisan bullets.

Tiny Toles: Sounds like civil justice to me.

Posted by: jmurphy1501 | February 17, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It's an amazing act. They both take a step back, spin around, and shoot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: EthelredtheUnready | February 17, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

See boy, thats what they call bipartisan.

Posted by: tidjuhdancer | February 17, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry son, neither of them can count to ten!

Posted by: tidjuhdancer | February 17, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Look boy, Here come the clowns

Posted by: tidjuhdancer | February 17, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The bad news is, workplace violence is up. The good news? I think we can add two more positions to the job market.

Posted by: librariansgonewild | February 17, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Bubble: "I'm glad they finally chose an appropriate arena for their dispute."

Comment from small character: "The winner still has no social safety net."

Posted by: jgolant | February 17, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

They used to do this every 4 years, but now it's every day.

Posted by: mweinst | February 17, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they finally chose an appropriate arena for their dispute.

Posted by: jgolant | February 17, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Well son, it really doesn't matter who wins.

Posted by: mweinst | February 17, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Well Billy, it really doesn't matter who wins.

Posted by: mweinst | February 17, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Ya see, Son, the farther they get from the center, the more exciting it gets.

Posted by: kevinmcc29 | February 17, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think they are gunning for us.

Posted by: nacllcan | February 17, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Bubble: "Don;t worry, son- they've rehearsed this act forever- they're actually the best of friends."

Little Toles in corner: "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

Posted by: jhherring | February 17, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. They don't dare fall. China owns this circus.

Posted by: othernovak | February 17, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. China will protect its investment.

Posted by: othernovak | February 17, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

No one will get hurt, they will both aim too far to the right

Posted by: CarlosProgressive | February 17, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The guns?! Those are just a distraction. If you look a little closer you'll see that neither of them have a platform to stand on.

Posted by: SEdmo27421 | February 17, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"And in the spirit of compromise, the Democrats have removed their bullets."

-- MrJM

Posted by: MrJM | February 17, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, they're only water pistols."

Posted by: ChetArthur | February 17, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, they're only using water pistols."

Posted by: ChetArthur | February 17, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"They look like bookends in a NRA Library."

Posted by: DQuixote1 | February 17, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad act. I just wonder what they do for an encore.

Posted by: kevinmcc29 | February 17, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The winner gets to be drowned in a bathtub.

Posted by: duke5 | February 17, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This gives a whole new meaning to "united we stand, divided we fall."

Posted by: SEdmo27421 | February 17, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

You know, from this perspective they look so small and insignificant....

Posted by: duke5 | February 17, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

OK, which one ordered the tea, and who gets the ALPO?

Posted by: valleyoakie | February 17, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Umm, Guys? You'll have to come down now. Turns out "loss of honor" is a preexisting condition.

Posted by: kevinmcc29 | February 17, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I hope it's a tie.

Posted by: arkofcov61 | February 17, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"They're trying to settle the issue of gun control."

Posted by: rforr1 | February 17, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

It all started with an argument over safety nets.

Posted by: kevinmcc29 | February 17, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Beware the wire...they might be listening to us right now via the Patriot Act.

Posted by: watzknew | February 17, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

No wonder the terror alert is elevated again!

Posted by: watzknew | February 17, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Afterwards they'll blame the NRA and not us. Whew!

Posted by: watzknew | February 17, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Cartoon title: Real Voter Sentiment
Bubble: JUMP!!
Little Toles: social safety net?

Posted by: Windknot1 | February 17, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

IBM's "WATSON" picked the NRA as the clear winner a week ago!

Posted by: watzknew | February 17, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a tie.

Posted by: ken17 | February 17, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they both figured it out.

Posted by: ken17 | February 17, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Their aim is so bad -- they will definitely need bigger magazines.

Posted by: georgesix | February 17, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Cartoon title: Real Voter Sentiment
Bubble: JUMP!!

Posted by: Windknot1 | February 17, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Don't worry about the guns - that wire's not going to hold them up much longer."

Posted by: spaatz111 | February 17, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Son, welcome to the "real" Washington politics. Covering each others' back is a high wire act.

Posted by: Windknot1 | February 17, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Balloon Caption: Gee, do you think they'll really hit each other?
Tiny Toles: Nah. The guns are loaded with blanks, like their normal workday. All flash and pop but no bang.

Posted by: the1magician | February 17, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Cartoon title: HIGH WIRE ACT

Caption #1 clown balloon: "Behold the amazing Deadendas -- shooting the moon"

Caption #2 Tole's little man: "psst, lean to the left and aim to the right"

Posted by: kantcould | February 17, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

56 billion dollars for missile deffence?

Posted by: whatsup4 | February 17, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

56 billion dollars for missile defence?

Posted by: whatsup4 | February 17, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry, son. They're just dummies.

Tiny Toles: why are we still paying attention?

Posted by: Voiceinthedesert | February 17, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Finally. A chance for D.C. residents to even the score. Quick - get the canon!"

Posted by: SEdmo27421 | February 17, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Nice to finally see some cooperation... each wants to help the other down.

Posted by: franklndsy | February 17, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

How is it possible that no matter what they do, WE'RE going to get hurt?

Posted by: gloom | February 17, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

We've decided to cancel this part of the show because only 13% of the audience likes it.

Posted by: 123face | February 17, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Their polls are so low that even if they trip up they will not have far to fall.

Posted by: RichardStatenIsland | February 17, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Hope they understand that moving to the right or to the left could be fatal.

Posted by: RichardStatenIsland | February 17, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

So shall we preserve funds for the safety net or do you see my point?

Posted by: Expatriate | February 17, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Relax, they never his what they are aiming at...except us of course.

Posted by: 123Njord | February 17, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry they have golden parachutes...the worlds best medical insurance,heath care and pensions for life, it came with the cost of the tickets we paid for...

Posted by: 123Njord | February 17, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Given how often either of them hits the mark, we could be here quite some time.

Posted by: cdatta | February 17, 2011 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Our only hope is that they can both shoot straight.

Posted by: cdatta | February 17, 2011 6:04 AM | Report abuse

That's what the two party political system is like. You don't want to look at the silly thing, but it's so hard not to stare. Kind of like your haircut, Jong-il.

Posted by: lindens | February 17, 2011 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Political highwire gone haywire. Aw, shucks.

Posted by: cjherzfeld@verizon.net | February 17, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

They're not moving. They're joined at the hip.

Posted by: lindens | February 17, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Wow, over 300 million Americans and we have the only two seats the fire chief approved.

Posted by: lindens | February 17, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

The question isn't what's going to happen next. It's how did they get themselves in this situation in the first place.

Posted by: lindens | February 17, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

We paid our 1.6 trillion dollars to see the high divin' act, and we are going to see the high divin' act

Posted by: skippertoo | February 17, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem with this act is choosing which one to root for.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The program says the "Flying Palins" are next. Now there's a real circus act.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

ok..ok...I know it's extreme but at least they're finally doing something together.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The beast with two faces and no "back, bones..."

Posted by: stirliq | February 16, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The donkey is aiming at the box seats, the elephant at the upper deck.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the woman from Alaska who dives into a tea cup.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

No Don't Stop !!!

Posted by: daelko | February 16, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

He said 10 paces, and I think he already knows the rope isn't long enough...

Posted by: alisaoh | February 16, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Yipee! It is almost over for both of the fatty corrupt Feds!!!!

Posted by: dottydo | February 16, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, don't they know they're headed in the wrong direction???

Posted by: TillerJoe | February 16, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, no safety net. Looks like we know who won this one already.

Posted by: StevesGeese | February 16, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Either way, it's a win win.

Posted by: GulfShoresMan | February 16, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

... then after the clown car is empty ...

Posted by: junkforchris | February 16, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse


"Have you noticed? There isn't much difference between them."


Posted by: mortified469 | February 16, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a Safety Net would be good to have after all!

Posted by: jwhawthorne | February 16, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I suppose they agreed on the count.

Posted by: ken17 | February 16, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Those NRA lobbyists can't keep their hands off anything!

Posted by: garrwald | February 16, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"I want my money back if they both live."

Posted by: guitarslave | February 16, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Balancing the budget would be easier but not this much fun.

Posted by: observeandreport1 | February 16, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Good time to drop your guns.

Posted by: kencamarro | February 16, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Time to drop your guns.

Posted by: kencamarro | February 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Joined in a bipartisan effort. Get ready for the fall.

Posted by: cehrlic4 | February 16, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Another insurmountable opportunity.

Posted by: kencamarro | February 16, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

No matter who wins...we lose.

Posted by: OnyxSax | February 16, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Boehner & Hoyer, the Greatest Show on Earth." Yeah, right. More like Dumber & Dumber.

Posted by: cpwdc | February 16, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This is why Republicans and Democrats can never agree. Even when they meet in the middle they look the other way.

Posted by: hmilltenn | February 16, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wait! We need to change places, you should be on the left.

Posted by: Fallowfield | February 16, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just stick to parading down Constitution Avenue once a year?

Posted by: cpwdc | February 16, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Cirque Du So what.

Posted by: Fallowfield | February 16, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Beck predicted an armed revolution, but it was PR savvy of the NEA to stage it as a one on one Circus Act. This could sink that zero funding proposed Garrett Amendment.

Posted by: Fallowfield | February 16, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This cartoon was approved by the NRA. God bless you, Gabby Giffords.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Daddy, what happens if they both fall?

Posted by: dstechman | February 16, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping they both fall in the lion poo.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting Federalist, Washington's party.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

When Hamilton and Burr did this it was a calamity for them both.

Posted by: drunderhill | February 16, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead, make my day.

Posted by: bobbyboogie | February 16, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Son,its been 10 years and neither one has taken a step.

Posted by: dstechman | February 16, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

And tomorrow they'll do it all over again...

Tiny Toles: Plausible reliability.

Posted by: treetopflyer | February 16, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we already see the side show?

Posted by: mannythehat | February 16, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Balanced BUDGETS! Not Balanced Bullets!

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if their turn around time will be faster than in Congress.

Posted by: jmcitron | February 16, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

looks like a win-win to me

Posted by: dn1013 | February 16, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

They're resolving their differences like true patriots.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure there's an upside to this.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It's O K son there stuck, just like the economy,jobs, housing ect...

Posted by: rcwsilver | February 16, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So Be It!

Posted by: LMG31 | February 16, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The cops would stop this, but they've cut to many from the budget.

Posted by: watzknew | February 16, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

So, what if they're firing blanks, I still think they need a safety net!

Posted by: jmcitron | February 16, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

How dangerous can it be? Neither can fall much lower and neither is has good gun control.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 16, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The hard part is cleaning up the mess afterwards.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

How dangerous can it be? Neither can fall much lower and neither is has good gun control.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 16, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This must be the final act.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Everytime they do this, one of us gets killed. [[Tom, extend the seating to emphasis the emptyness of the tent.]]

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Shoot first, ask questions later.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Congress is finally gonna get that shot in the arm.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"Well, you told them to stop taking potshots at each other"

Posted by: Bob_L | February 16, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Shoot to kill. Know what I mean?

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

They're both one bullet shy of a loaded gun, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe we paid for this?

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Now is not the time to be sticking to your guns.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

This is much better than watching them shoot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: shyde1 | February 16, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"at some point, let's hope they come to their senses!"

Posted by: concernedAmerican13 | February 16, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Just another day at the circus.

Posted by: nickytc | February 16, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"at some point, let's hope they come to their senses!"

Posted by: concernedAmerican13 | February 16, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The donkey falls for it every time.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Finally! A step in the right direction!

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

We're rooting for a tie.

Posted by: gozertgatyahoodotcom | February 16, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't there be a safety net for the country?"

Posted by: MikeV2 | February 16, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Even if they make it past March, it's still going to be ugly next fall.

Posted by: mattlewis133 | February 16, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Look son", the string is screaming for attention.

Posted by: djordan1 | February 16, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

they've been standing like that for hours, waiting for the other to make the first move.

Posted by: lfooter | February 16, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"You're right son; they would look better if they were wearing their leotards and tutus".

Posted by: PLMichaelsArtist-at-Large | February 16, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"We can only hope for mutually assured destruction"

Posted by: MonopoliJ | February 16, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought they said no more winner-take-all politics...."

Posted by: 809212876 | February 16, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

" I thought they promised an end to winner-take-all politics...."

Posted by: 809212876 | February 16, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

DON'T MISS!

Posted by: zzapynys | February 16, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Even if one shoots the other, weren't they fraternally conjoined at the spine?"

Posted by: DJM2007 | February 16, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Now lift the other foot...

Posted by: dougAthensGA | February 16, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Even if one shoots the other, ... don't they share the same spine?"

Posted by: DJM2007 | February 16, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

edit:

"It only appears to be a duel, but in truth it's a suicide pact."

tiny toles "What, Me Worry?"

Posted by: pete1013 | February 16, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's go. I've seen this act before.

Posted by: kevinkidwell | February 16, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I've seen this act before, and it never fails to bore me.

Posted by: kevinkidwell | February 16, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It's the old power-balance-back-massage trick.

Posted by: jamock | February 16, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

we can only hope this ends in a tie...lets go shake the rope.

Posted by: jb1024 | February 16, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"It only appears to be a duel, but in truth it's a suicide pact."

Posted by: pete1013 | February 16, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Please. Give those clowns real bullets.

Posted by: RespectingOthers | February 16, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

You see, it's a delicate balancing act---the country's needs, the parties' needs, the need to balance the budget and keep the economy humming, the need to maintain the appropriate circus atmosphere...

Posted by: bosphiz | February 16, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It was the elephant that chose the weapons, while the donkey held out for a safety net.

Posted by: cocktails42 | February 16, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

This is why we don't let them manage military matters.

Posted by: slenon | February 16, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

They have been standing like that since 1981.

Posted by: ClydeConkey | February 16, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

It's a strange act. They walk two paces, turn and shoot themselves in the foot.

Posted by: choppy1 | February 16, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't worry about friendly fire."

Posted by: rprotsik | February 16, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

We wanted to reduce the risk of collateral damage.

Posted by: boesc | February 16, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they don't miss.

Posted by: junkman99999 | February 16, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

A net loss is a net gain.

Posted by: HermanKrieger | February 16, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey! You can come down now. The news crews just left. There's a breaking story in the arctic - the polar ice cap finally melted and northern Europe will be underwater in a couple of days.

Tiny Toles: Must be all the hot air that melted it.

Posted by: stumath | February 16, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

This should help things turn around.

Posted by: GRHuth1 | February 16, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Update with cartoon title:
HIGH WIRE ACT

Caption #1 from clown in large baloon: "O.K. on the count of minus 20bn or maybe 35bn, or 60bn turn and fire"

Caption #2 from Toles'usual little man at the bottom: "Don't worry, we're not touching the safety net".

Posted by: kantcould | February 16, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is the most BALANCED we've seen the two parties in years.

Posted by: lydandy | February 16, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Feel free to shoot yourselves, if you so desire.

Posted by: kobeb | February 16, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is the most BALANCED we've seen the two parties in years.

Posted by: lydandy | February 16, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Caption #1 from clown in large baloon: "O.K. on the count of minus 20bn or maybe 35bn, or 60bn turn and fire"

Caption #2 from little man at the bottom: "Don't worry, we're not touching the safety net".

Posted by: kantcould | February 16, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

No more room in the clown car so now we've got this!

Posted by: whodunit1 | February 16, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"It's such a production these days. In the old days they would just sling mud until one of them went home forever ruined and hated. Aaaah! The good old days.

Posted by: jrussell1 | February 16, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't Harry wearing his glasses?

Posted by: whodunit1 | February 16, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Pssst...On the count of three, we both shoot at the opposing third party.

Posted by: Justwords | February 16, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I have a feeling those aren't union jobs.

Posted by: whodunit1 | February 16, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I want my money back.

Posted by: tabitha12345 | February 16, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"This is one way to end a filibuster."

Posted by: ahashburn | February 16, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I think they're waiting for the latest polling numbers.

Posted by: whodunit1 | February 16, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead. Make my day.

Posted by: GRHuth1 | February 16, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Everyone left when they stopped aiming at each other.

Posted by: rickblum | February 16, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"They've been like this for years as each are afraid to take the first step to resolving their differences."

Posted by: ahashburn | February 16, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Well, as I understand it, the elephant was looking for weapons of mass destruction and the donkey was afraid to vote "no."

Posted by: grampa | February 16, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"Send in the clowns.....
Don't bother, they're here..."

Posted by: jhherring | February 16, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I love what they've done to the Capitol Rotunda.

Posted by: drjohnson1984 | February 16, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Well, what do you know, they finally found some common ground.

Posted by: grampa | February 16, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Watch! I'm gonna shoot the cable.

Posted by: davetree | February 16, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Watch! I'm gonna shoot the cable.

Posted by: davetree | February 16, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"They'll probably just end up shooting themselves in the foot."

Posted by: politicaljunkie6 | February 16, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Don't worry, son. They've been performing this act without a net for years."

Posted by: DoreDad | February 16, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Siamese suicide?

Posted by: 2ericc | February 16, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Shoot the rope! You might accomplish something then!

Posted by: SolB | February 16, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What are the odds they'll put each other out of their misery?

Posted by: wvara | February 16, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

We paid $12 trillion dollars for THIS?

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 16, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Let's pray and pass the amunition

Posted by: daliesk | February 16, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The Congressional Circus is always a high wire act without a net...

Posted by: DQuixote1 | February 16, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

1. See son, this is how democracy works.

2. I told you that your first trip inside the Capitol would be interesting.

3. Who ever said "violence doesn't solve anything"?

4. I've got $3.73 trillion riding on the donkey

Posted by: burkkus | February 16, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

They haven't budged an inch since November.

Posted by: redjax1 | February 16, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey, it could have been sawed-off shotguns in a phone booth!

Posted by: DQuixote1 | February 16, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This has always been a side show.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 16, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

It was either this or a recorded vote on health care.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 16, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of who wins, the middle class and poor will still lose!

Posted by: nomolos40 | February 16, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

In the past we had it on the ground, but nobody got a hit. We hope to get a winner this way.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | February 16, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter, they both loaded blanks in the other guy's gun.

Posted by: Sadman1 | February 16, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is just the opening act, wait till you see them get fired out of a canon, balance on a podium, ride a unicycle, hool-a-hoop, and fit into a Chevy Volt.

Posted by: jeremyisett | February 16, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Just file it with the Department of Doesn't Works (DODW)

Posted by: lesliekorshak | February 16, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Is this where they send in the clowns????

Posted by: cartonnt | February 16, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The Supreme Court ruled that the safety net was unconstitutional.

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And they call this act "bipartisanship" ...

Posted by: jbarch | February 16, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Those two have not budged since the safety net was removed.

Posted by: SilverAero | February 16, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

They weren't kidding when they said the budget was going to come down to the wire.

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Only at the circus.

Posted by: Nickcstyler | February 16, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Watch this! They each shoot themselves in the foot and then the fun starts.

Posted by: grason | February 16, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

They weren't kidding when they said this vote was going to come down to the wire.

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"Okay boys, in the spirit of the times even Santa has agreed to make these cuts here. Now its your turn."

Posted by: Tom1 | February 16, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

If they step out of line, they'll lose their primaries.

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

No attack ads, robo-calling, and questionable fund raising. This is much better than an election!

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Why do I get the feeling they're going to turn their guns on us?

Posted by: Nickcstyler | February 16, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

This would be much more fun to watch if we were safe from the cross fire.

Posted by: Nickcstyler | February 16, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead. Make my day!

Posted by: duke5 | February 16, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Neithr will take a step, they can't agree on what number to start the count at.

Posted by: scipio63 | February 16, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Someday son, this will all be yours.

Posted by: leanderthal | February 16, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Ten paces is probably to much to hope for.

Posted by: st50taw | February 16, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

It was the only way they would agree to meet in the middle.

Posted by: wtfeeney | February 16, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Neither will take a step, they can't agree on what number to start the count at.

Posted by: scipio63 | February 16, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

This is interesting because neither one knows how to balance.

Posted by: RichardStatenIsland | February 16, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Morituri NON te salutamus!

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

We're both loaded with blanks, right?

Posted by: dbl06 | February 16, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I think I saw this in a Spy vs Spy cartoon...They both shoot the rope on the far side...

Posted by: mford7522 | February 16, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I can't decide if I want them both to miss or both to hit...

Posted by: douglas_lutz | February 16, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"Ten bucks says they fall on us."

Posted by: skinsfan1649 | February 16, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"The rules have changed: they'll no longer turn, then fire--they'll just point the guns down and shoot at us."

Posted by: marc85 | February 16, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Odds are they'll both miss and hit the wire.

Posted by: wtrudder | February 16, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

So, as you can see, having a back-up plan can protect you from immediate disaster.

Posted by: dlt314 | February 16, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Dueling Dumbos--and WE lose!

Posted by: mjford2 | February 16, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

They can't step off in a new direction son. If you look closely you'll notice how tightly they are joined at the hip.

Posted by: wpxan2gt3 | February 16, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I hope that rope holds... it was made in China.

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I can remember when they did this stunt blindfolded.

Posted by: bradbenson2007 | February 16, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

They can't take that first step in a different direction son. If you look closely you'll see they are joined at the hip.

Posted by: wpxan2gt3 | February 16, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I hope one of them shoots the tightrope.

Posted by: 1cbdc1 | February 16, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Watch! The elephant will fly away on his big ears, leaving the donkey holding the gun.

Posted by: lmj2 | February 16, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Go get Ringmaster Boehner from his tanning bed, he'll be in charge of the glass of water for the winner's victory dive.

Posted by: bprighi | February 16, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

No matter which one goes down son it will likely land on you.

Posted by: RichardStatenIsland | February 16, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry about them...they are out to get us.

Posted by: jreynoldsofmd | February 16, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Looks like they chose to buy guns rather than a safety net.

Posted by: RichardStatenIsland | February 16, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Neither one can shoot worth a lick, but that fall will kill you.

Posted by: mrlwalsh | February 16, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Insisting on their Second Amendment Rights might benefit us after all.

Posted by: georgesix | February 16, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

SHOOT WITH CIVILITY!!!

Posted by: lmj2 | February 16, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

This is the quintessential win-win situation.

Posted by: adipeppe | February 16, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The real question is how they got up there in the first place.

Posted by: blieblich | February 16, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I guess the prom is over.

Posted by: lmj2 | February 16, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Let's go to Canada before they fall on us son!

Posted by: chickenlover | February 16, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Go tell the clowns that they're at it again!

Posted by: lmj2 | February 16, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, I hope they're good shots.

Posted by: Sustainabiliter | February 16, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Dare we hope for a "twofer"?

Posted by: Utahreb | February 16, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

At $10 billion per bullet, this duel is going to be expensive.

Posted by: lmj2 | February 16, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Gosh I hope they're good shots!

Posted by: Sustainabiliter | February 16, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"Funny thing is, PETA is ok with this."

Posted by: cmbender | February 16, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry, dear. Neither one of them has ever had the courage to pull a trigger.

Posted by: jamesmmalick | February 16, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

It'll never happen, insurance doesn't cover seperating conjoined twins.

Posted by: Philipt | February 16, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

What!?--No safety net!?--Then how come they keep surviving when they keep failing?

Posted by: jgenandt | February 16, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"We're past the 10-day waiting period on gun metaphors."

Posted by: zippyspeed | February 16, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"Bad news, guys. Everybody's in the other tent watching the Chinese economy."

Posted by: zippyspeed | February 16, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Son, this act is going nowhere. Not only are they joined at the hip, they're leading with the wrong foot and aiming for the sky. But their balance/counter balance is great.

Posted by: ginger53 | February 16, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

With any luck, a dead tie will ensue.

Posted by: dgtt34 | February 16, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"On the bright side, they still have their shirts on."

Posted by: InRealAmerica | February 16, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I am walking the other direction...I'm walking backwards!

Posted by: JCD1978 | February 16, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Stuck in the Middle with You...

Posted by: dcp0 | February 16, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Toles, You should have drawn this with the donkey holding a knife.

Posted by: glennrp | February 16, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

And here's our circus's featured high-wire act: dueling clowns without a net. Sponsored by the NRA and the health insurance industry.

Posted by: jwrb | February 16, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Free tickets to see this, no wonder we are the only people here...

Posted by: 123Njord | February 16, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

We has spotted the enemy and they is us.

Posted by: DCreamer1 | February 16, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I've seen this one before. They end up both shooting themselves in the foot, the elephant then claims it was the donkey who did it, and the donkey admits it's true.

Posted by: orinski | February 16, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the beginning of fundraising season.

Posted by: cgertner | February 16, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"Which one's the messenger?"

Posted by: george75 | February 16, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Haven't had this much excitement since Hamilton and Burr.

Posted by: dalyth19999 | February 16, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Looks like we're the only two people left in the audience.

Posted by: Reader1000 | February 16, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

A battle of showmanship and skill between two unarmed opponents!!

Posted by: lomby | February 16, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter - the wire's coming untied.

Posted by: BSDetector | February 16, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

We compromised, they didn't want a safety net and we didn't want them to wear tights.

Posted by: typost | February 16, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Congress begins a new term.

Posted by: gmagurn | February 16, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Finally, bipartisanship. No more circular firing squad.

Posted by: glennrp | February 16, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I didn't have the heart to tell them we could only afford blanks!

Posted by: nospam5 | February 16, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"Don't worry! The pistols are only loaded with flags stating 'how it was' and 'how it oughta be'. "

Posted by: hbeavers | February 16, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Hide your eyes, son. It will be over soon!

Posted by: quiensabe | February 16, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry. They're both incompetent. They'll both miss.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 16, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Cirque de Soleil was sold out so you got us tickets to Cirque de Washington?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"It's the Bridge to Nowhere".

Posted by: Lynda2 | February 16, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"No Caption Required."

Posted by: billh39 | February 16, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

C-Span told them to liven up the proceedings..the sweeps are next month.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to bluff when you're joined at the hip.

Posted by: docamu | February 16, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

"FIRE!"


Toles' footnote speech bubble: "Crowded theater."

Posted by: hayesap8 | February 16, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

The hardest part was getting them to agree to meet halfway.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 16, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant to type:
"OK. Now you each take a hard turn to the right and fire!"

Posted by: DaveinCA | February 16, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

This is sort of like a good professional ball game. However it turns out is just fine.

Posted by: Union1 | February 16, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"OK. Now you each take one step to your right and then fire!"

Posted by: DaveinCA | February 16, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Dueling bozos.

Posted by: DaveinAustin1 | February 16, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

They're filming the first Palin campaign ad for 2012. The slogan is "Taking aim at Democracy" ...whatdya think?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

They'll probably miss their foot and shoot the wire.

Posted by: beengiraffing | February 16, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Due to the Republican budget cuts, this is now how Congress is forced to settle their disputes. Supposedly it's more 'cost effective.'

Posted by: kaybee17 | February 16, 2011 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Well...it was this or balance the budget...this was easier.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Thank God they havent enacted meaningful handgun legislation yet!

Posted by: rgelser | February 16, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

That's the closest they ever get!

Posted by: profchart | February 16, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

stalemate!

Posted by: humanrace | February 16, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Now that we balanced the budget, the hard part is the next step.

Posted by: jimward21 | February 16, 2011 7:50 AM | Report abuse

same old song and dance

Posted by: humanrace | February 16, 2011 7:44 AM | Report abuse

"To the victor goes the splat."

Posted by: maxfromcambridge | February 16, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

It all started because that Jackass said he was tired of following and cleaning up after Elephants.

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

"What a circus this NRA debate is !"

Posted by: maxfromcambridge | February 16, 2011 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I think we should sight the cannon in and get them both!

Posted by: frankn1 | February 16, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Who needs clowns?

Posted by: fred3156 | February 16, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I didn't have the heart to tell them we can't afford bullets.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2011 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Tell me again..That's Olberman and O'Reilly in those suits?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

who goes first

Posted by: 378956881 | February 16, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Tell me again..That's Olberman and O'Reilly in those suits?

Posted by: JJBLACK916 | February 16, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

As duels go, I prefer spitting into the wind.

Posted by: stevecone36 | February 16, 2011 7:06 AM | Report abuse

"I don't have the heart to tell them the Mid-terms are over."

Posted by: dbostian | February 16, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

"At the count of 3 trillion, turn and fire"

Posted by: mwlttm | February 16, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

It really doesn't make a difference who wins, does it?

Posted by: suchanelli | February 16, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry - neither of them has hit a target yet.

Posted by: DunnLoringDenizen | February 16, 2011 6:34 AM | Report abuse

My, my, my....Look how thin they make the "American people"!

Posted by: badamovicz | February 16, 2011 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Gives new meaning to "networking."

Posted by: dujack | February 16, 2011 5:23 AM | Report abuse

I should have told them the rope was only designed to handle the weight of one teenage acrobat but I'm only paid by the hour and could use the work cleaning up the mess afterwards.

Posted by: wholelottaglub | February 16, 2011 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Watch the spinning start!

Posted by: 18mandm | February 16, 2011 4:33 AM | Report abuse

They're both unbalanced. Get the net.

Posted by: vynillover | February 16, 2011 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Get down from there you crazy animals!

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | February 16, 2011 3:23 AM | Report abuse

At least they are working together...

Posted by: jblakeburn | February 16, 2011 2:32 AM | Report abuse

In the next act, they see who is faster at sawing the budget in half.

Posted by: gdenis | February 16, 2011 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Break out the Champagne!

Posted by: Gul1iver | February 16, 2011 1:56 AM | Report abuse

If we're lucky, the one who doesn't get shot will fall off the wire.

Posted by: 3907PaloAlto | February 16, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

"This years budget fight may kill them both!"

Posted by: jlynnrhodes | February 16, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem with starting in the center: any new step is towards the extreme.

Posted by: SCKershaw | February 16, 2011 1:39 AM | Report abuse

" Tell me again ?" Which Party want's to ban guns ?

Posted by: puck-101 | February 16, 2011 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry: the elephant is too fat for even a donkey to miss...

Posted by: dcjazzman | February 16, 2011 1:15 AM | Report abuse

"Do you see it now...look, look, see I told you. Just look closely and you will see the strings. Besides, they all have hidden parachutes."

Posted by: litereader | February 16, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Can't the WaPo find a better cartoonist?

Posted by: LePauvrePapillon | February 16, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I just wish we had a safety net!

Posted by: amreporter | February 16, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I just wish we had a tightrope!

Posted by: amreporter | February 16, 2011 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Two Physicians, trying to heal themselves.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the point where attacking anybody could be bad for everybody.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Now on Three want you to each shoot yourselves off the tightrope, all while blaming the other guy.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

NO! Those pants don't make your butt look fat and Yes! You are some of the smartest people he's ever met. Now can we PLEASE get back to work !!!

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:39 PM | Report abuse

From all the way up there, you can't tell them apart!

Posted by: Shoe2 | February 15, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

They gave up congressional caucuses for the congressional circus. This is the bipartisan budget high wire act.

Posted by: BootmanDC | February 15, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT BE AFRAID! That's just the sound of a three party system coming your way.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

that's the last time I play truth or dare with you two !!

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Well at least you've got each other covered !!

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

First Tunisia then Egypt! They don't know WHERE is gonna break out next.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the same old Congressional act.
They'll go off half-cocked and shoot their mouths off, without taking a single step forward.

Posted by: OldGeezer33 | February 15, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Driven to the middle by the fanatical fringe

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I told Sarah the bulls-eyes were a bad idea.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

They're both afraid of the Tea Party sneaking up on them.

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Winning will be worst than losing if you don't put on a good show !!!

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

By The Way !! Each of your revolvers only has one bullet in it !!

Posted by: Baccuss | February 15, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: zhenge155 | February 15, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Now watch and learn son - under American political dueling rules, they both shoot the rope to teach the other a lesson

Posted by: Craightond | February 15, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Since both of them have been walking backwards for the last few years, this can take forever...

Posted by: jugazf1 | February 15, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Son, these clowns have been doing the same act for years and the audience all ready know the outcome.

Posted by: beeker25 | February 15, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

" This is one circus you want to run away FROM kid"

"Don't worry, they'll just shoot themselves in the foot"

Posted by: sammacel | February 15, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

... and the other one is a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.

Posted by: djslawyer | February 15, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It can't be that hard. They made that tightrope themselves. And as for the guns, this isn't Arizona.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 15, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Their next trick, they gotta walk on water and catch the bullets in their bare teeth.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 15, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Their next trick, they gotta walk on water and catch the bullets with their bare teeth.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 15, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"Read, set.., Pander!"

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | February 15, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey! I thought you had to work together to get a good balance. Close your eyes, son.

Posted by: jimzluis | February 15, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

So, you didn't tell either of them that ten steps will be beyond the end of the rope? Good.

Posted by: jim4postnatl | February 15, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Send in the clowns. Don't bother, they're here.

Posted by: djslawyer | February 15, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

1. I dunno what time the show starts. I was twelve when they climbed up there. Now look at me. Old, fat, and balding.


2. It's like this. The Republican wants to shoot on "three." The Democrat wants to count to three, and then shoot.


3. Yeah, the audience left hours ago, but those two are too afraid to move.


4. What they don't know is that we gave them water pistols.


5. Now see, if we had gone to the Verizon Center, we could've gotten hot dogs.


6. Boring show, and it cost us $3.7 trillion. Actually, it cost me just $2.1 trillion. You and your sister are on the hook for $800 billion each. Good thing your mother didn't want to come.


Posted by: AnonymousEric | February 15, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Back to Back, they faced each other
drew a blank and missed each other.

Posted by: danallie1959 | February 15, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

It's ok. They're not loaded.

Posted by: AnonymousEric | February 15, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I saw a truck outside with Alaska plates and an empty gun rack.

Posted by: adfrench | February 15, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

They're crazy to settle this without a safety net.

Posted by: AverageJoe9 | February 15, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think they'll be able to keep their balance? Neither one can even balance a budget.

Posted by: AverageJoe9 | February 15, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

It started with banjos and then the talk turned to politics.

Posted by: AverageJoe9 | February 15, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

My guess is they don't even make the ten paces.

Posted by: mikeshort1 | February 15, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Does this usher in a true return to civility?

Posted by: adfrench | February 15, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess they forgot there was no money in the budget for bullets.

Posted by: adfrench | February 15, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

'come togethner now '

Posted by: Bronski | February 15, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

" Come togethner now "

Posted by: Bronski | February 15, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

and to think, all this started with a handshake!

Posted by: bonzibunnei | February 15, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"Hurry up, I'm on my lunch break!"

Posted by: enogabal | February 15, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

They've been performing this act daily, since the beginning.

Posted by: 2ericc | February 15, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Yet another circus act we didn't bargain for...

Posted by: thanksforfish | February 15, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. I think it's over gun control.

Posted by: rmoore3447 | February 15, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter how it turns out. They both have government health care.

Posted by: rmoore3447 | February 15, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I am strangely conflicted about this.

Posted by: postmichael | February 15, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the gun lobby isn't so bad after all.

Posted by: homer44 | February 15, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

They started this over there on the on the left...

Posted by: postmichael | February 15, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

First one to take aim at Social Security wins.

Posted by: ibcmeir | February 15, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, son. I guess everyone else has already seen how this one ends.

Posted by: poetcetera | February 15, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually, son, it's even more astounding because they're joined at the wallet.

Posted by: poetcetera | February 15, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I liked it better when they were still throwing pies.

Posted by: poetcetera | February 15, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Boy I'm glad we're both shooting blanks!"

Posted by: dmillis1 | February 15, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This might be an unfair fight. The Republicans are using an extended magazine clip.

Posted by: frfranz | February 15, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"FALL GUYS!"

Posted by: bigchrono | February 15, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"FALL GUYS!!"

Posted by: bigchrono | February 15, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This next act is very scary. It's called Government.

Posted by: Trackman | February 15, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"See son, I told you the best circus acts were in Washington."

Posted by: Trackman | February 15, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"No matter how this ends, one if them is bound to fall on us."

Posted by: rhensley | February 15, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

At least they went out with a Bang...

Posted by: mzy9 | February 15, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Guess what? You're both screwed.

Posted by: 123face | February 15, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to fear, folks. Their marksmanship isn’t any better than their targeted spending cuts.

Posted by: jmurphy1501 | February 15, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Neither one wants to be the first to move.

Posted by: 123face | February 15, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least they both support the NRA...

Posted by: bcorl2 | February 15, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Not only will they not hit each other, nor will they fall off the wire; but they will expect us to pay for their time and for their bullets…

Posted by: romoandersen | February 15, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The duel won't be convincing if you don't fix the balancing act.

Posted by: dmm1 | February 15, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Notice how they both came to the center, once I told them the guns were loaded?

Posted by: dmm1 | February 15, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Neither one wants to change his position---politics as usual!"

Posted by: PatinBoulderCityNV | February 15, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Notice how they both came to the center, once I told them the guns were loaded?

Posted by: dmm1 | February 15, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Look! They're supporting each other!

Posted by: liveandletlive2 | February 15, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Why can't they just forget the duel and focus on their balancing act?

Posted by: MaryW2 | February 15, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

one small step for partisanship, hopefully followed by one giant leap for the rest of us.

Posted by: perce99 | February 15, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Son, be ready to see true Washington bipartisanship...the Republican, one step to the right and the Democrat, one step to the left.

Posted by: eaprata | February 15, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Son, be ready to see true Washington bipartisanship...the Republican, one step to the right and the Democrat, one step to the left.

Posted by: eaprata | February 15, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Son, be ready to see true Washington bipartisanship...the Republican, one step to the right and the Democrat, one step to the left.

Posted by: eaprata | February 15, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"I remember seeing this act when I was your age, but it still doesn't seem safe to me."

Posted by: efbrazil | February 15, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It's more thrilling without a social safety net

Posted by: markmccaffrey | February 15, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

they would rather fall off than turn around.

Posted by: alpaca | February 15, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Americans pay a lot for this show.

Posted by: SusanR2 | February 15, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

With less than 10 paces of space and no net, this is lose-lose. Of course, if they both go, the American people win.

Posted by: mencik | February 15, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

If they both fall off they might find common ground.

Posted by: dhmoondm | February 15, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If they shoot each other, we win!!

Posted by: dhmoondm | February 15, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

IS THIS WHAT THEY MEAN BY A BALANCED BUDGET?

Posted by: mawie1 | February 15, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

..and to think, these pranks started with a handshake!

Posted by: bonzibunnei | February 15, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm kind of hoping they got the rope from the lowest bidder.

Posted by: Union1 | February 15, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

At least it's an improvement over their normal circular firing squads.

Posted by: glennlab | February 15, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You know this is too good to be real.

Posted by: Union1 | February 15, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Is it okay to hope they're both good shots?"

Posted by: Union1 | February 15, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'll duck if you will.
Don't worry they're blanks.

Posted by: KraftPaper | February 15, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Don't retreat. Reload"

Posted by: Union1 | February 15, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Just watch! When it's time to shoot, they'll aim straight down at Big Bird!

Posted by: Caramuel | February 15, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

clown acts

Posted by: jbaca16 | February 15, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And they are still debating the size of the safety net.

Posted by: jbaca16 | February 15, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Guarantee they come to a last second compromise and stick it to us.

Posted by: je121819 | February 15, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

That's as close as they come to Bipartisan.

Posted by: jreid2 | February 15, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Fair and balanced debate

Posted by: jrlindle | February 15, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

We better hope for a draw.

Posted by: paulco | February 15, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"On the count of 3, you jump!"

Posted by: saum75 | February 15, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hope one of ‘em has a good aim - it’ll be the only way to get a budget!

Posted by: dmcmahon2 | February 15, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"It's the collateral damage that worries me."

Posted by: stvhorvath | February 15, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Civility in the 'duel' party system

Posted by: jrlindle | February 15, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

GOT YOUR BACK ON THIS BALANCE STUFF

Posted by: joemeyer1 | February 15, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"Ready, Fire, Aim!"

Posted by: fbrewer1 | February 15, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"Without a net!"

Posted by: fbrewer1 | February 15, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If they shoot each other and they both fall, who wins? Oh yeah, "We the People" win

Posted by: swiftone | February 15, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

If they shoot each other and fall, who wins? Oh yeah, "We the People" win.

Posted by: swiftone | February 15, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"I miss Aaron Burr."

Posted by: stvhorvath | February 15, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

At last, a budget strategy both sides can agree on!

Posted by: fitche | February 15, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It's rigged. The GOP uses REAL guns.

Posted by: GramPenny1 | February 15, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It's rigged. The GOP uses REAL guns.

Posted by: GramPenny1 | February 15, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It's rigged. Only the GOP use real guns.

Posted by: GramPenny1 | February 15, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH JUST ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE.

Posted by: hillkemp | February 15, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

No big deal. The guns aren't loaded.

Posted by: cullisongs | February 15, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

No big deal. The guns aren't loaded.

Posted by: cullisongs | February 15, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Is this bipartisan action?

Posted by: MariaAppleman | February 15, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"It's safer because everyone has a gun."

Posted by: pdan | February 15, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It's called American roulette...

Posted by: HalflifeToolmaker | February 15, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Siamese twins?

Posted by: jsuchoff | February 15, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"One gets shot, the other dies in the fall."

Posted by: stvhorvath | February 15, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's agree to eliminate our safety net later.

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 15, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Let's see which one shoot himself in the foot first."

Posted by: GlennMichel | February 15, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"Let's see which one shoots himself in the foot first."

Posted by: GlennMichel | February 15, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The budget cuts won't allow them to work with a safety net, but they're doing it anyway.

Posted by: GBArnold43 | February 15, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

100,101,102,103....

Posted by: cabovela | February 15, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a good use of the 2nd Amendment!

Posted by: ruth_hughes | February 15, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This is gonna be terminal bipartisanslip.

Posted by: drunderhill | February 15, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's the American Way!

Posted by: ruth_hughes | February 15, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"Fifty bucks says we get hit."

Posted by: Molitor | February 15, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It's the only thing they agree on; how to end deadlock.

Posted by: reiley | February 15, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Take one step forward, two steps back".

Posted by: rfmilly | February 15, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Just watch the Glock!

Posted by: WurstZamecnik | February 15, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Each of you take two paces, turn, and shoot the rope.

Posted by: gcnp58 | February 15, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"I sure hope they have health insurance..."

Posted by: archawaii | February 15, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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