DNC: Hey, sorry about attacking Ann Romney in that last ad

posted at 2:41 pm on July 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not exactly a state secret that Ann Romney works with horses as both a passion and physical therapy for her multiple sclerosis.  Democrats attacked the Romneys for her dressage horses two months ago, and MSNBC host Larry O’Donnell tried it again last month, earning a sharp rebuke from Neil Cavuto.  The DNC launched its own dressage attack this week with a new ad titled “Mitt Dancing Around The Issues Volume I” that featured Ann Romney’s horse:

The “issues,” by the way, are all about Mitt Romney’s money.  Here are “issues” that the DNC apparentlytakes no interest: jobs, the economy, the national debt, the coming entitlement collapse, and so on.  No, the only “issues” that interest Democrats are the issues of envy — Romney’s tax returns, his investments, and Ann Romney’s horse.

Last night, just hours after releasing this ad, the DNC had a change of heart … kind of:

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

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.”

Yes, I’m sure that the DNC was so clueless about politics that it had no inkling that the horses belonged to Ann Romney as part of her therapy before they cut that ad, despite its repeated mention in the media.  After all, they are clueless enough to think that in a sinking economy and historically high unemployment and underemployment that the “issues” about which voters care most is that Romney’s a rich dude with some horses.   Looks like the Democratic Party and its leaders have some envy issues.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

We’re sorry we’re idiots.

NapaConservative on July 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

In an odd way, kind of a shame. If spouses are fair game, maybe we should be taking a closer look at the way Michelle has spent taxpayers’ money.

obladioblada on July 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.”

Bwahahahaha.

LASue on July 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Isn’t this nice? So now they can roll around in the gutter and pretend they’re taking the high road at the same time.

Gingotts on July 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

For as much money as Pelosi has you would think she could afford to fund some shovel ready infrastructure project on herself so she doesn’t have to look like a nag.

DaveDief on July 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Ahhhhh….Horse hockey!

Simonsez on July 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

If there was financial backing by Mrs. Obama the MSM would be swooning. Support of an Olympic endeavor by Mrs. Romney is to be scorned.

bluealice on July 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

All liberalism beings with the simplest definition of envy: “I want what you have”.

nobar on July 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Looks like the Democratic Party and its leaders have some envy issues.

I doubt that. Many of them are extremely wealthy.

The real issue is hypocrisy. Republicans and their families are fair game. Democrats get a pass or they hurl insults like ‘racism’, ‘misogynist’, and whatever else enters their tiny brains.

Cody1991 on July 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Invoke the Kraken

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

For as much money as Pelosi has you would think she could afford to fund some shovel ready infrastructure project on herself so she doesn’t have to look like a nag.

DaveDief on July 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

It would require 5 full-time positions to shovel all the $hit that comes out of her mouth on a daily basis.

NapaConservative on July 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

We are sorry, that we got caught that is.

D-fusit on July 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

No DNC, you’re sorry that you’ve opened the the door for Mooch to be put under the microscope. You know $800k vacations and all that.

antipc on July 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Apology not accepted. GPS.

22044 on July 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Leftists cannot push their agenda without violating the Tenth Commandment every step of the way. Seriously, challenge a Leftist to put forth his or her economic agenda and warn the Leftist that the Tenth Commandment cannot be violated by the agenda provided.

They cannot succeed. Period.

John Hitchcock on July 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

These Lib fools STILL haven’t figured out that they aren’t enjoying the same charmed life that they enjoyed in 2008. Obama’s “charm” (gag) has reached it’s expiration date and no one’s offering him any slack for “errors in judgement”.

BettyRuth on July 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

War on the Infirmed….

ADA lawsuit pending.

warm up the lawyers…./

ted c on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Send the Obamas to the glue factory…

Oh wait…it was off shored last year…courtesy of the EPA…

PatriotRider on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It’s that same, callous attitude towards the afflicted, that will be shown with the IPAB.

There is no depth to my contempt for a Communist, and its Utopia.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

DNC: We were just horsing around.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Isn’t this nice? So now they can roll around in the gutter and pretend they’re taking the high road at the same time.

Gingotts on July 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Well, when you live in the sewer, the gutter is the high road.

Flange on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

They shouldn’t be apologizing to Ann Romney, idk how she could’ve been offended by that. They should be apologizing to their donors for blowing God knows how much money on that stupid ad. It doesn’t even get around to why Romney not releasing financial records is supposedly bad.

LukeinNE on July 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

They should have remembered that ultimately, Dressage is about trampling your enemies underfoot.

PersonFromPorlock on July 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Obama up by 4, according to 2 day old Fox News poll. Sorry.

inthemiddle 24/7

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Just sorry they got caught nothing else

cmsinaz on July 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The D’s should watch themselves on the subject of horses. Some folks might remember the Roman Emperor Caligula investing his horse as a member of the Imperial Senate and think…..who gave us Senator Obama?

cthulhu on July 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

LOL

Not releasing tax returns is dancing around the “issues”

No, Mr. President, its the economy stupid.

El_Terrible on July 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Think if the Romney people made a commercial about a really fat jackA$$, Moochelle would take offense?

bw222 on July 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Sidebar – re: O’Donnell:

It’s a helluva note, ain’t it, how Rachel Maddow is the most masculine thing on MSNBC.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

DNC: We’re sorry. We just want Mitt to pony up those tax returns.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Translation:

We’re sorry the cheap shots at Ann Romney backfired again.

Now where’s that fire extinguisher? Our butts are on fire!

novaculus on July 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

More on the Ann Romney GMA interview

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You can lead a horse to water,
but you can’t lead a donkey to the truth.

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The DNC and Obama hate women.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

They truly have no shame. I think this was intended just as much as a dig at Anne as it was at Mitt. Her wealth makes her MS trivial, in their eyes, and all they’ve done is mock the idea of the horse as treatment.

Wonder if Mitt would’ve gotten away with an ad featuring Michelle jetting off on vacations around the globe? Bet not.

changer1701 on July 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

invoke the horse

Now there is a campaign slogan anyone can mount, and ride!

LOL! Yeeeeehawww!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

You can lead a horse to water,
but you can’t lead an donkey ass to the truth.

faraway on July 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Hoodinis can’t be RobbingHoods twice, only thing they’re sorry for.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

When barry concedes the election…and the democrats are reduced to an annoying fringe movement..AND when obamacare is repealed…THEN we will decide if we are willing to accept their apology!!

Until then, NO..We won’t forget..and we WON’T forgive!

See you in Nov!

WhatsRight on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Your tenacity is like a warm coat, on a bitterly cold day.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

J. Kennedy had Macaroni, the horsie…eh, leftist horses are ok.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

From you, tough one, it’s a plaudit I take seriously.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Well, when you live in the sewer, the gutter is the high road.

Flange on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Classic!

JusDreamin on July 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

It’s Mr. and Mrs. Romney’s money. They can spend it how they want and more power to them.

However, I would wager that Mrs. Romney spends a lot less money on horses than the taxpayer dollars for one vacation trip for the Obamas to their many elite destinations.

MessesWithTexas on July 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Alternative headline: DNC Regrets Petty, Class Warfare Slap at Candidate’s Wife Who Suffers from MS Came Back to Bite DNC on Its Butt.

Bottom line is I don’t care how some rich guy and his wife spend their money. I do care how Congress wastes MY money, my children’s money, my grandchildren’s money, and my great grandchildren’s money – before they’re even born.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Look, if you really want madness then look no further:

“The RoboCop films are an extreme example of where privatisation can go madly wrong. This just seems to be the first step.”

EnglishRogue on July 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Looks like the Democratic Party and its leaders have some envy issues.

Rats in the latrine slush…of course they’re envious.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I don’t know much about dressage, but that looks like a quality horse. Wouldn’t it be awesome if he won a medal for her?
Oh, and maybe we should leave Michelle alone. Could be lavish vacations are good for asthma or bursitis or whatever is ailing her.

tj4osu on July 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.

Does this also mean that they are finally wising up about the stupidity of using any comments from that horse’s ass Obama because we all now know that even direct quotes from The One can be “misinterpreted” or “taken out of context”, especially when they reinforce his horse’s ass-ness?

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Is this the out that lets Zero fire Debbie Doublespeak Dunce? I’ll miss her. Really.

Philly on July 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

The Party of Envy has no boundaries. NONE.

hillsoftx on July 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

If spouses are fair game, maybe we should be taking a closer look at the way Michelle has spent taxpayers’ money.

obladioblada on July 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Mrs. Obama has already put or allowed her name to be put on numerous fundraising appeals for her husband’s campaign. So she’s already in it and fair game IMHO. Nevertheless, politically it may or may not make sense to focus on her and probably does not. Mr. Obama himself is the problem.

jwolf on July 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

So, I guess wives are no longer off limits, huh?

Snitchmo on July 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

DNC: We were just horsing around.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yeah, but this wife attack thing is a horse of another color.

timberline on July 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Oh, and maybe we should leave Michelle alone. Could be lavish vacations are good for assthma or bursitis or whatever is ailing her.

tj4osu on July 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Enhanced.

hillsoftx on July 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Oh, and maybe we should leave Michelle alone. Could be lavish vacations are good for asthma or bursitis or whatever is ailing her.

tj4osu on July 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Arugula sure doesn’t cure her hatred for Americans.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

We had a few bumps in the road since Reagan but overall things were good for Americans. It took this group of deranged progressives to screw things up so bad that even people who have never paid attention to politics are hopping mad.

The silent majority is ready to rise up, like they did for Nixon & Reagan, and throw these lunatics out of office. For a long, long time. Or at least until they get complacent again….

jb34461 on July 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

In an odd way, kind of a shame. If spouses are fair game, maybe we should be taking a closer look at the way Michelle has spent taxpayers’ money.

obladioblada on July 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

……oh nooooooo!…no going after ANY spouse of a Democrat!…or their kids…or their emails…or their garbage…or their relatives…or their eating habits, or their religion…or…or…or…but, regarding Republicans…even the MSM asks the public to help them find dirt, verifiable or not!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

And, I, yours.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

DNC: We were just horsing around.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yeah, but this wife attack thing is a horse of another color.

timberline on July 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Yeah, and the apology doesn’t wash. The horse has already left the barn.

Bitter Clinger on July 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If there is any Prancing going on,
its from Hopey the Unicorn!!

canopfor on July 19, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I want to see Michelle ride a horse. At the trot.

a capella on July 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

“We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.”

Maybe not, but you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll be invoking tons of horsesh!t every chance they get.

Dopenstrange on July 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Mitt should trade a tax return for a transcipt, SSN or term paper.

growl on July 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I want to see Michelle ride a horse. At the trot.

a capella on July 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

There’s not a saddle big enough…

Dopenstrange on July 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

If Michelle Obama had a horse, the media would be swooning and comparing her to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Horses owned by Republicans mean you’re rich and out-of-touch. Got it?

TarheelBen on July 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Donkeys horsing around.

Steve Z on July 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I think this actually benefits Romney:

On the one side, you have Ann Romney’s big horse.
On the other side, you just have a big horse’s ass.

THe choice is yours.

exhelodrvr on July 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM

If Michelle Obama had a horse, the media would be swooning and comparing her to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Horses owned by Republicans mean you’re rich and out-of-touch. Got it?

TarheelBen on July 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Jackie Kennedy used her horse to go on Fox Hunts, for crying out loud. The animal rights folks never batted an eye.

In fact, she hunted foxes until the year before she died. A bad fall that year was the beginning of the end, though she died of cancer (she smoked Pall Malls like a chimney, even in her 60s).

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I didn’t buy it, but I saw Town and Country magazine’s cover story this month is about the equestrienne daughters of the very rich–the names on the cover were Springsteen, Bloomberg, Gates, and one other. All of them lean Dem or are Dem.

This hypocrisy from the Dems is irritating. It’s only ok to be a billionaire if you’re a Dem.

juliesa on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Jackie Kennedy used her horse to go on Fox Hunts, for crying out loud. The animal rights folks never batted an eye.

In fact, she hunted foxes until the year before she died. A bad fall that year was the beginning of the end, though she died of cancer (she smoked Pall Malls like a chimney, even in her 60s).

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Pefect leftist hypocrite. Take note, trolls.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

“Invoke the horse” has to be one of the strangest political utterances in recent memory. For some reason, it brings to mind “release the Kraken!”

natasha333 on July 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

“We didn’t mean to imply that the Romney’s are pedophiles and like to whip kittens to death, and we are sorry about that, but we just think that Mitt Romney’s failure for not being liberal needs to be highlighted.”

-DNC

Bishop on July 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

“That horse looks pretty tasty”
Barack Hussein Obama
“Yeah, a big F%^&KING meal”
Joe Biden

LarryinLA on July 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Uh … HORSES! … uh … TAX RETURNS! … uh … JET SKI! … uh … uh … uh …

Did I miss anything?

Pork-Chop on July 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

juliesa on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Just looked online and the other name was Onassis.

juliesa on July 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Please, oh please, lets hope the D’s continue to believe they have a winning strategy.

When I get called/polled, I tell them I’m voting for ‘O’, too.

Sleep little baby, sleep.

Carnac on July 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I want to see Michelle ride a horse. At the trot.

a capella on July 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Maybe she won’t be doing what did in Catherine The Great when the horse collapsed.

docflash on July 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

The DNC launched its own dressage attack this week

I can only imagine how the LSM and other Leftist elitists would be swooning over Michelle Obama if this was her hobby, how much class she has, how athletic she is…so on and so forth.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

They will look even dumber if Rafalca medals. Mitt surrounded by red white and blue, athletes with medals, a gorgeous classy wife, and beautiful horses. The olympics are days away

ldbgcoleman on July 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

MSNBC PANEL: We just want to make sure nobody is attacking Ann Romney’s HORSE, or the fact that the Romney’s are MORMON. Do you think the fact that Mitt Romney is a MORMON will hurt him in this election? Not that we have anything against MORMONS, you know. Did we mention the fact that Mitt Romney is a MORMON and we’re concerned some of his Republican base may not like it?

TarheelBen on July 19, 2012 at 3:58 PM

My niece rides with the Romneys, has competed against them and has trained them. They are fantatic people without a pretentious bone in their bodies. Attacking this fine family is sickening.

DrW on July 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I wonder how many outraged letters they got from horse lovers?

RebeccaH on July 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Pefect leftist hypocrite. Take note, trolls.

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Fox Hunting also involves Dogs, of course. And one of the major components of the Hunt Staff are the “Whippers-in”. They control those dogs with (you guessed it) whips.

Fox Hunting has since been banned in England.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

it had no inkling that the horses belonged to Ann Romney as part of her therapy before they cut that ad.

I’m sure someone else has mentioned this, but…

I don’t give a damn why she owns a horse. Did she steal it from someone, or buy it with her own money? Did a government a-hole force someone to buy it for her?

It’s none of their business if the woman owns a stable full of horses. Hey, DNC, Odumbo’s got a really expensive set of golf clubs. Go to work!

Liberals are truly morons.

RedCrow on July 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Boy, the internal polling on this ad with swing voters must have been gawdawful for the Democrats to make them pull it and apologize.

jon1979 on July 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM

If Michelle Obama had a horse, the media would be swooning and comparing her to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Horses owned by Republicans mean you’re rich and out-of-touch. Got it?

TarheelBen on July 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I assume John F’n Kerry has a polo horse as well, maybe several.

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Please, oh please, lets hope the D’s continue to believe they have a winning strategy.

When I get called/polled, I tell them I’m voting for ‘O’, too.

Sleep little baby, sleep.

Carnac on July 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

That, literally, made me LOL.

“Sleep little baby, sleep.”

OhEssYouCowboys on July 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Thank you Ed from those of us who have long espoused the therapeutic effects of frequent yachting trips for the treatment of various maladies including irritable bowel syndrome. We do it for our health.

plewis on July 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Stupid ad.

But absolutely beautiful horse!

I can’t wait to see Ann Romney’s horse perform at the Olympics!

Good luck to Mrs. Romney and her dressage team!

wren on July 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

As someone who, like Ann Romney and Neil Cavuto, suffers from MS I’m deeply offended by the DNC ad. They deserve a severe smack down by both the Romney campaign, RNC and Multiple Sclerosis Associations around the country.

This was the DNC’s “Stand up Chuck” moment that Biden had last year. With them it is always the ends justify the means, and will go to extremes to have power. They have no shame.

simkeith on July 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Odd that Democrats keep harping on Romney’s money. The Kennedy money never bothered them. Soros money never bothered them. Pelosi money never bothered them. Feinstein money never bothered them. Kerry money never bothered them. Gore money never bothered them. Roosevelt money never bothered them.

NOW, all of a sudden, the wealth of someone else bothers them.

Must be ‘the nuance’.

GarandFan on July 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Obladioblida (second post) nailed it. The Obama campaign is making spouses targets in its smear campaign.

Just a guess, but I think someone at the Romney Campaign called Axelrod to enquire if the candidates wives were now fair game. Obama has a lot more to lose on that score, hence the rapid retreat.

Corky Boyd on July 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I know liberals that cheered Lawrence O’Donnell with his attack on Ann Romney. These were the same idiots that agreed that conservative vitriol and Palin’s target map shot Gabby Giffords.

AllahsNippleHair on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

“.. make them pull (the ad) and apologize.” – - Now, as soon as somebody can make them figure out how to un-ring that bell ..

Guess we’ll have to settle for wiping their faces in it, eh?
/.

CaveatEmpty on July 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

“Reporting for Duty!”

plewis on July 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Thank you Ed from those of us who have long espoused the therapeutic effects of frequent yachting trips for the treatment of various maladies including irritable bowel syndrome. We do it for our health.

plewis on July 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Oh joy. Somebody’s dumb sock flexes its spewhole and introduces itself to the community.

RushBaby on July 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Things like that ad cause me to wonder that anyone would ever admit to being a member of the Democrat party. For sheer tastelessness alone, Obama and his crew deserve defeat. I know politics ain’t beanbag, but there are limits to the level of depravity permitted.

tngmv on July 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Way to go, morons..way to p1** off millions of horse owner’s and lovers…veddy, veddy smart…I swear, if I didn’t know better, I would believe that we have a lot of “moles” working within the Rat’s campaign…
If you want to see something that will make your heart soar !!!!..go to you tube and type in WEG2006 Free Style Final Andreas Hegstrand…it is 6 min. well spent..it has 11,425,844 hits..

Xango Annie on July 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Comment pages: 1 2