Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) criticized the Tea Party wing of the GOP on Tuesday for failing to get behind Republican leadership on a deficit plan.
“Our people have to understand that we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Barbour said.
Barbour said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had shown “courage” in the deficit debate by agreeing to compromise in order to raise the debt ceiling.
“In politics, purity is a dead-dog loser,” he said. “We cannot go out with the idea that we’re going to be pure, or we’re going to do nothing.”