Out of the limelight, outside of prime time, watched by very few the republicans at the convention in Tampa were treated to a video honoring the public service of Ron Paul. Following that Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul gave speeches. Nobody was watching. But McConnell did serve up a great line about Dr. Paul.
McConnell said "“Whether people want to admit it or not, Ron Paul changed the conversation."
Many in the convention hall who supported Ron Paul protested the convention by walking out after Rand spoke. They were upset at a ruling which invalidated the credentials of the Paul delegates from Maine.
And Ron Paul changed the conversation in another way as well. By stepping down from Congress and ending his presidential run he has changed the conversation by eliminating the need for any further discussion of why he should be elected. Now his supporters can determine whether Rand Paul is deserving of their support and carrying forward with the leadership of his father's movement.
For many Rand is the perfect fit. But for the most zealous out there Rand's endorsement of Romney has left a sour taste in their mouths.
Time will tell if Rand will have what it takes to assume the leadership of his father's legacy. But, for the time being, the discussion about Ron Paul and his revolution is over.