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The DNC apologizes for offending Ann Romney’s horse

Out of all the stupid, hateful rhetoric the Democrats have pulled out already — and it’s only July — it turns out there’s a line they do regret crossing. And it’s a line drawn by a horseshoe.

ABC News:

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now the Democratic National Committee is offering an apology of sorts to Ann Romney.

At issue is a DNC video featuring footage of Ann Romney’s dancing show horse. The DNC used the horse in mocking way to attack Mitt Romney for not releasing his tax returns (and dancing around the issue)…

Ann Romney, who trains with show horses as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis, took offense in an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” and now the DNC is saying it will put out no more horse videos, and is expressing regret for offending Ann Romney.

“Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News. “We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race. We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.”

Or: “Mitt Romney didn’t yelp ‘How high?’ when we instructed him to jump, so we decided to mock a harmless animal who helps Mitt’s wife with her painful and debilitating disease. Whoops!”

Here’s the ad that the DNC has now disavowed:

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Mocking a horse is the least insulting part of the ad, of course. Here we have the least transparent administration in living memory — Fast & Furious, anyone? — full of tax cheats and other reprobates, and they think demanding Romney’s tax returns is going to make everybody overlook that the Obama administration is ruining the economy.

I forget who pointed it out, but the frenzy over this resembles the “gold rush” when Palin’s e-mails were released. And we all remember the many bombshells they contained… If Romney gives in on this one, they’ll just make some other insinuation about him. They won’t take his concession as a sign of good faith, because they’re not acting in good faith. The left is always demanding a handout, whether it’s your tax dollars or your personal information they can use as ammo against you. (See: Joe the Plumber’s tax lien.) You can try to placate them and hope they’ll give you credit for it. Or you can play to win. Right, John McCain?

But hey, this is just more proof that Romney doesn’t deserve his success, right? He didn’t build that.

P.S. In the interest of equal time, here’s the latest Romney ad:

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P.P.S. Joel Pollak: Top Ten Things Obama Has Not Released.