On May 28, the Republican National Committee decided to highlight the fact that Barack Obama hadn't been to Iraq for more than two years and then only for two days.
Clearly, this was supposed to impress the chronically partisan or gullible (or both) that this Obama fellow knew nothing about foreign policy in general and Iraq in particular and was probably a coward who slept with a teddy bear with the night-light on.
The RNC started an online clock (www.gop.com) to show what a wimp he was. It was titled: Days Since Barack Obama Visited Iraq, and at that time the total stood at 871 days. Every turn of the running clock was an indictment of him.
Today the clock stood still at 925 days, 01 hours, 07 min 00 sec.
Unfortunately for the RNC, Obama had arrived in Baghdad. With him came an army of reporters, some of whom might have been otherwise covering John McCain.
Darn! Don't you just hate it when you challenge someone and they call your bluff? It makes you look really stupid.
Not to worry. Beneath the silent Iraq visit clock, the RNC has another online clock ticking over: Days Since Obama Invited to Townhall and when I checked this afternoon that was 47 days, 01 hours, 54 min, 48 sec and running.
I suppose that when, in his own sweet time, Obama decides to go to a town hall meeting with McCain, that clock will fall silent too.
Perhaps the RNC could then run a clock that says: Days Since We Last Did Something Suggesting Competency.