The moment Harry Reid said we need a “Marshall plan for America” last night I found it almost impossible to focus on what he was saying afterwards. It’s an ancient cliché which reveals so much about the neo-nativism of the Democratic party than almost anything else. The notion that a “Marshall plan” would work in the most prosperous nation in the world where Americans are not, in fact, digging out from rubble and looking to rebuild their societies is too dumb to pick apart at length. Though I might add, we are already spending a Marshall Plan’s worth of dough on America. But I did find it pretty hilarious that it came just seconds after — and before — Reid’s denunciations of Bush for increasing the deficit. Does nobody see that these two things are a bit at odds with each other?