Seven days ago, the Democratic National Committee released a web video that needled Mitt Romney over his alleged “secrecy.” The problem? The clip featured Ann Romney’s dressage horse, which provides her therapeutic relief as she battles Multiple Sclerosis. In light of this unseemly dig — not to mention Barack Obama’s assertions during the 2008 campaign that attacks on political spouses are “low class” and “off limits” — the DNC offered a tepid apology and said they would pull the ad:

The Democratic National Committee last night yanked an ad that mocks Mitt Romney’s varying statements about releasing his tax returns by showing footage of a horse performing in the dressage arena… “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, according to an item posted on the outlet’s Web site. “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.”