Michelle Malkin

Using Rafalca to smear the Romneys and stoke class envy is vulgar abuse of a political figure’s family member. Don’t take my word for it. The Democratic National Committee itself acknowledged earlier this month that it had crossed the line with its own video mocking Rafalca — although it blamed viewers for misconstruing its slimy intent.

“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.”

It’s one thing to question a political family’s use and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Or to scrutinize a political family member’s own public record and rhetoric on the campaign trail. First Lady Michelle Obama has bristled at the few challenges she’s received over the years t o her extravagant jet-setting, pricey fashions, $7,000 tops, $600 sneakers, incessant wealth-bashing, and Nanny State policy meddling. But these are fair game as the White House and its campaign team jointly ramp up their Occupier-style warfare against America’s private sector wealth creators.

What’s out of bounds are ad hominem attacks on a political family member’s private activities to perpetuate bitter stereotypes and clingy narratives. A study of horse owners conducted by Deloitte and Touche a few years back found that horse owners come from all economic backgrounds, own all types of horses for various purposes and live in a variety of places from tiny towns to large cities. “The largest group of horse owners (45%) are drawn from the middle class with an annual household income between $25,000 and $75,000. Only 9% of the population earns greater than $150,000 yearly and a full 11% of horse owners have an annual income of less than $25,000.”

But let’s not let facts get in the way of a good Eat the Rich propaganda campaign. As usual, the overwrought Left has stepped in a steaming pile of double standards, hypocrisy, and politics of personal destruction. Let’s hope voters just say nay in November.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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