The walk-back was inevitable.
A day after invoking graphic domestic violence imagery to attack Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on women's issues, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she regretted her remarks.
Wasserman Schultz had said at an event in Milwaukee that Walker has "given women the back of his hand" and that Tea Party "extremists" like him are "grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back."
The comment drew immediate condemnation from Republicans, and while a DNC spokeswoman initially tried to clean it up, Wasserman Schultz issued a statement in her own name on Thursday:
"I shouldn’t have used the words I used. But that shouldn't detract from the broader point that I was making that Scott Walker’s policies have been bad for Wisconsin women, whether it's mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal pay law, or rejecting federal funding for preventative health care, Walker's record speaks for itself. As for the issue of domestic violence, it's unacceptable that a majority of Congressional Republicans opposed this critical legislation, of which I was a proud cosponsor, after blocking its reauthorization for more than a year."
Walker, a longtime Democratic target, is in a tight race for reelection against Democratic businesswoman Mary Burke.