The talk in pundit-town is that Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are the leading GOP contenders for 2016. The Republican Party is split between the Rand Paul faction and the Jeb Bush faction. Bush represents the Centrist narrative that voters rejected Tea Party/limited government Republicans in 2012. I don't know about the Tea Party -- it seems half of them were social conservatives, and social conservativism is the only faction which seems to be marginalized. Neocons are still influential, so I don't how Bush will talk about the Afghanistan War or interventionism in foreign affairs in general.
Rand Paul is the only bright light in the GOP these days, but it's far too early to talk about 2016. America's financial situation is so serious that immediate concerns are finally more important than the next election. Rand Paul is talking about what I've been pusing from my little internet cubby-hole for a long time, that all the talk about raising revenues should be focused on whether government needs anymore money -- it doesn't. More money doesn't need to be transferred from the private sector to the public sector. Spending should be cut and and the private sector should be allowed to grow the economy. Republicans should fight for the elimination of corporate subsidies and loopholes, but not to raise revenues for government. Tax rates should be lowered. Capital tax should be eliminated. You can see how far I believe government is from fundamental solutions.
The political class is talking about the 2016 election and how to get Republicans to reject the no-tax pledge and raise revenues. This is so counterintuitive to economic growth and fundamental solutions it's scary. Our government is trying its best to collapse the nation -- maybe this is what it will take for the phoenix to rise.