Picture of the Day: A Snapshot of the National Debt

A clever gimmick allows Republicans to highlight their central indictment of Barack Obama's presidency.

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The Republican National Convention called off scheduled events on Monday due to inclement weather. But RNC Chair Reince Priebus did gavel the convention into session, very briefly, before quickly recessing. The short session allowed Priebus to show off a clever gimmick: a special debt clock that will run throughout the convention. The display will count how many dollars are added to the national debt just over the short span of the GOP's gathering in Tampa. And with the party and its candidates struggling to stay on message -- from the Todd Akin fiasco to Mitt Romney's birth-certificate remark on Friday -- it's a simple way for Republicans to highlight their central indictment of Barack Obama's presidency.

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David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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