“In a political maneuver designed to block my ability to make recess appointments, congressional leaders arranged for a senator to come in every three days or so, bang a gavel, wait for about 30 seconds, bang a gavel again, and then leave,” Bush said. “Under the Senate rules, this counts as a full day. If 30 seconds is a full day, no wonder Congress has got a lot of work to do.”
Senate Democrats had held pro forma sessions throughout the Thanksgiving break to keep the Senate “in session” and block Bush from making recess appointments.
That's right: the Democrats are using the rules - just like the Republicans did for years. And just like Bush does all the time.
And he's complaining that he is being stopped from doing it NOW - by making a recess appointment when it's NOT an emergency. Which is what recess appointments are actually FOR. He makes recess appointments so he just doesn't have to bothered with compromise. If THAT isn't playing games with the rules - what IS?
"Ok - if you won't do what I say, I'll just wait till your back is turned. There's nothing in the rules that actually says I CAN'T. " And he thinks OTHER people are playing political games?
All he DOES is play political games.