"...Ron Paul is not just Ron Paul. Ron Paul is an idea, a political philosophy, that is far larger than the man himself. Ron Paul followers are not a cult of personality. Paul is a diminutive elderly man who has never been much of a public speaker–he stumbles a lot and the timing of his delivery has never been polished. He is the farthest thing from charismatic, and sometimes the most important lines of his speeches get drowned out in cheering because he is not expert in riding the rhythms of the crowd. But that’s just the point. They are not cheering for Ron Paul, they are cheering for a concept of personal liberty and a standard of integrity that he has upheld for over 30 years."
Now substitute Ayn Rand's name in place of Ron Paul and you will have your answer. Her philosophy is far larger than the woman herself, IMO.