Today???s dose of Chicago thug politics comes from whichever genius at the Democrat National Committee decided it would be a good idea to mock Ann Romney and her dressage horse in a campaign video. As ABC News explains, ???The DNC used the horse in mocking way to attack Mitt Romney for not releasing his tax returns (and dancing around the issue).???
Yes, never mind how Barack Obama is squandering your money, America. Forget about endless years of double-digit unemployment, or the immense tax increases Obama and his Party are about to drop on a recessionary economy. Spare not a thought for the three hundred dead in Operation Fast and Furious, and think nothing of the Administration???s illegal evisceration of welfare reform. Instead, decide America???s fate based on three-year-old tax returns that have already been processed by a swarm of IRS agents. Never mind that you don???t have a job; worry that Mitt Romney???s wife has a horse.
And if the desperate Democrats have to open fire on Mitt Romney???s family, and the horse his wife uses as part of her multiple sclerosis therapy, to make you forget about Obama???s full-throated embrace of Marxist theory in Virginia last weekend, then so be it! Only Democrat families are off-limits to political attack, you see. The Party that declared war on ???out-of touch??? stay-at-home-moms in a pre-emptive strike on Ann Romney now thinks she should spend more time at home, and less time out at the stables.
???This is already a brutal campaign, but the Obamas have long said families are off limits. Apparently somebody high up reminded the DNC of that.??? said ABC News, evidently forgetting the essential rule formulated by Jim Geraghty of National Review: every Obama statement has an expiration date.
Ann Romney took offense to the DNC ad in a ???Good Morning, America??? interview Wednesday, while vice-presidential prospect Tim Pawlenty said the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves:
This led DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse to offer a tepid apology for the ad, and promise not to go after Mrs. Romney???s equestrian therapy in a political hit job again: ???Our use of the Romneys??? dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did. 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.???
Let us know when your candidate is ready to give ???a straight answer??? on Fast and Furious, Solyndra, the missing stimulus money, the backroom deals that went into ObamaCare, his 2008 campaign donations, or various other issues that actually affect the lives of the American people, Mr. Woodhouse! And tell your pals at the DNC to think of a more creative way to attack Mitt Romney???s family next time. I think you???ve exhausted the political usefulness of their companion animals.