FORD’S ADVICE TO IGNORE…. Yesterday, David Plouffe, President Obama’s campaign manager from 2008, published some very good advice for the Democratic Party. Today, former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D), apparently planning a Senate campaign in New York, offered Dems some advice of his own. After reading his op-ed, it’s even more difficult to take Ford seriously than before.

Ford identifies “four simple steps we must take immediately to put us, and the nation, on a better course.” The list includes dropping the kind of comprehensive health care reform that Democrats have already voted for — he thinks protections for those with pre-existing conditions can be done on its own, proving he hasn’t done his homework — and also promotes passing immigration reform.

But the real fun was noticing how the other two of the four points complement one another. Ford, for example, believes Democrats should cut taxes some more…

[C]ut taxes for businesses — big and small — and find innovative ways to get Americans back to work. We can start by giving any companies that are less than five years old an exemption from payroll taxes for six months; extending the current capital gains and dividend tax rates through 2012; giving permanent tax credits for businesses that invest in research and development; and reducing the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 35 percent.

…and a few paragraphs later, Ford goes on to encourage Democrats to focus on deficit reduction.

[W]e need to address budget deficits now rather than waiting for some ideal future economic situation.

That cutting taxes makes deficit reduction largely impossible doesn’t seem to bother the former congressman, probably because he’s not especially serious about public policy.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.