Jeb's first attack on Rubio will never work

You can tell that your new assault may lack the proper potency when it is prefaced with various compliments. That has always been a structural problem with the “but he’s inexperienced!” approach. Because before getting to that “but,” you have to acknowledge that Rubio is youthful, fresh, and charismatic: things that are generally attractive in politicians.

Conservatives of all stripes have expended many breaths over the last six years complaining about how President Obama’s inexperience contributed to his lackluster performance on the job. But the reason many of them say this is because they do not like Barack Obama and his policies. They use that criticism because they use every available criticism. That Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio are doing so well right now—and Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and others aren’t—suggests that the GOP isn’t actually looking for Daddy to come along and clean up the kid’s mess. It’s a lot like how Democrats wailed about how unprepared for the task Jeb’s brother was when he sought the presidency, and then turned around and nominated Barack Obama to succeed him.

“Experience” and “proven leadership” haven’t been winners for a long while.