Earlier today, we suggested that this quote below from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer meshed with our take that the governing phase for the White House is over, and that the campaigning phase has begun.
“The popular narrative is that we sought compromise in a quixotic quest for independent votes. We sought out compromise because a failure to get funding of the government last spring and then an extension of the debt ceiling in August would have been very bad for the economy and for the country,” Mr. Pfeiffer added. “We were in a position of legislative compromise by necessity. That phase is behind us.”
But Pfeiffer takes issue with our interpretation and headline indicating the White House has given up on governing with congressional Republicans.
"We want compromise now and the story says as much, but the ability of the other side to hold the economy hostage doesn’t exist," Pfeiffer explains to First Read.