There's a decent chance 18-29ers sympathetic to libertarian ideas may be turned off by a state's rights fanatic with increasingly troubling ties to racist groups who talks about "honest rape" and appears exceedingly uncomfortable with gay rights and gay people.Ron Paul, at 76 years old and after 24 years in Congress, was never going to lead a Libertarian revolution among young people by unsuccessfully running for president for the third time.
It brings to mind that scene from the movie Seven, when Det. Mills upbraids the uniformed cop for not checking the vital signs on the gluttony victim. "He's had his face in a plate of spaghetti for forty five minutes. If he wasn't dead, he would have stood up by now."
If Ron Paul was going to lead a Libertarian renaissance, he would have done it by now.