He was as good as anyone I ever saw at speaking and conveying the libertarian message. But I was already a believer. In some ways libertarianism is like a religion for me. Allowing others their freedom is a way of life. And sometimes only those of us who have long-since drunk the libertarian kool-aid actually get why it is so exciting to see a libertarian, who also gets it, speaking to a crowd of infadels. :)
I think Russo has a very unique chance to get in front of people the LP has never been able to approach. His media savvy and connections appear to have already brought him un-precedented exposure. But it isn't just media exposure that makes a potential Russo candidacy so exciting, it's his ability to come across as a sincere, credible candidate who wants his countrymen set free. Surprisingly so. Just check out excerpts from a pilot he produced back in 1996 called Mad As Hell, or his recent Fox interview (low speed |high speed) [Windows Media - right click and save].
Michael Badnarik is from here in Austin and I admire the man but I don't think he's got the same sort of after-convention potential(or before-convention for that matter) as Russo. I don't know much about Gary Nolan. I'm sure they're both fine candidates.
My endorsement, for what it's worth goes to Aaron Russo.