“Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulThis week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Trump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill 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 McCainRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Democrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Graham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House Trump tweets promotion for Fox News show MORE (R-S.C.) of the “old guard” vs. Rand Paul, Ted CruzTed CruzRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMike LeeThis week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat Lawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over Lee: Healthcare 'absolutely not' behind us 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.