“Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE’s (R-Ky.) decision to mount a rare talking filibuster over President Obama’s drone strike policy has — for the moment — propelled the Kentucky lawmaker to the forefront of the 2016 Republican presidential conversation,” writes The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe.

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The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer’s claim that Rand Paul’s filibuster was a work of “political genius" indicates that we have reached the historic turning point, and the CPAC 2013 convention will reflect it. That is, the generations have shifted, and the influential Krauthammer recognizes that Paul's recent trip to Israel was sincere and enlightened and that Paul came back a different man — one who could be trusted to bring in the new generation. The fight now between Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) of the “old guard” vs. Rand Paul, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSupreme Court takes on same-sex wedding cake case House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama Trump really will shrink government, starting with national monuments MORE (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Alaska’s Joe Miller (“young bucks”) will clearly turn the way generations always do in history’s generational conflicts: to the rising generation. And they will turn at CPAC 2013.

Rand Paul has turned the tide. He will be the new leader.

I would recommend to anyone at CPAC 2013 the book The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History tell us about America’s next Rendezvous with Destiny, by William Strauss and Neil Howe, on the rise and fall of political and cultural generations. It well explains the dynamics of generations — the end of time and the beginning of time again, to paraphrase Francis Fukuyama — and we are at that "fourth turning" today: the shift from the end of the post-war period to the beginning of a brand-new future.

This is no longer about left vs. right, liberals vs. conservatives, the Ford guys vs. the Chevy guys. It is about an entirely new America.