Senator Marco Rubio is less accomplished than Hillary Clinton in virtually every way. Even if you prefer his agenda, there's no denying that he has less leadership experience, less foreign-policy experience, a less detailed grasp of domestic-policy detail, and fewer instances of speaking intelligently without prepared remarks*. Were I charged with capital murder, and had to hire either Rubio or Clinton to head up my defense team, I'd hire Clinton. Wouldn't you? Were I improbably on the board of directors of a corporation that extracted rents by hiring Washington insiders, and wanted to hire a CEO who'd maximize my morally dubious profits, I would hire Clinton before Rubio. She'd be more competent.
It's little wonder that in attacking the former secretary of state this week, Rubio called her "a 20th-century candidate" who "does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century." How could he juxtapose himself favorably with Clinton except by alluding to her ample baggage and his relative youth (especially since their foreign-policy views are more alike than either would like to admit)?
Clinton's response was pablum. "Every election is about the future," she said. "And certainly anyone who wishes to run for president has to make it clear how the experience that you've had in the past and what you believe and how you have acted on those beliefs will translate into positive results for the American people."