The problem for Ryan was that his remarks quickly ricocheted around the web and national media. And Sanders doesn’t just retain a big and loyal following that can quickly raise big gobs of cash — he also remains wildly popular with the American public at large.
Paul Ryan deserves progressives' thanks. He reinvigorated every Bernie Bro and Sis I know into being enthusiastic for a devastating Hillary win (in order to capture the Senate). No other move by anyone - right or left - has had as much of an effect as this. Not even Bernie's own pleas. This tipped the holdout Millenials over in droves.