"I don't mind playing a key role in this revolution," Paul said, "but it has to be more than a Ron Paul revolution."
For many young Libertarians, however, continuing that revolution looks ever harder.
A sizing up of the three remaining presidential candidates, including the Libertarian Party's Bob Barr, tends to leave many young Libertarians jaded and exasperated.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do," said Mike Tellier, a 24-year-old Libertarian working in Washington, D.C. "I'm not really satisfied with either of the two top candidates, and with the third party, it's weighing whether it's even worth spending the time to vote."
With Paul no longer in the race, young Libertarians (for this story, defined as between the ages of 18 and 30) find themselves at an ideological crossroads. Do they compromise their personal ideologies and throw their weight behind a candidate with whom they disagree on certain issues out of fear their vote will otherwise be wasted on a third-party candidate?
The Ron Paul Internet "phenomenon" was the most over-rated political story of the year.