It was Friday when Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNBC that taxing drivers by the mile showed “a lot of promise.” We’d been assured that people making less than $400,000 wouldn’t pay an additional cent in tax, but apparently on the condition that they don’t drive a car.

Feedback must have reached the White House, because on Monday, Buttigieg was on CNN with Jake Tapper to “make it really clear” that a mileage tax was “not part of the conversation” around the Biden-Harris administration’s infrastructure bill.

Never mind.