Halabi says he's watched as Ryan gained prominence in Congress, completed Republican Mitt Romney's presidential ticket as his running mate, and ascended to Speaker of the House.
Not that Ryan was a regular and outspoken critic of the 45th president, who has failed miserably in his promise to act presidential.
On immigration, trade and fiscal policy, Ryan was at odds with the Trump. At that time, almost half of Americans (46%) said they viewed the speaker unfavorably, up from 34% who said the same in November 2016. "It's a very partisan environment and I think that problem has been exacerbated under President Trump".
"People across America can now look forward to a time where Paul Ryan is not working every day to undermine our fundamental freedoms, including reproductive freedom". But Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, were so desperate to get a deal done with their Republican majorities that they abandoned their long-standing pledge not to add cost to the deficit.
" I don't believe anyone's election will hinge if Paul Ryan is speaker of your house", he told Foxnews, after announcing Wednesday he's not only seeking re election this past year also as the behind-the-scenes jockeying among home Republicans for his stance came more into people opinion.
"Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker", Politico reported. And it squandered the entirety of what little honeymoon President Trump had with voters a year ago.
"Instead of playing to your anxieties, we can appeal to your aspirations".
"It is kind of a bittersweet announcement that he is not going to go for re-election again and we totally understand that he wants to spend more time with his family", said Halabi. "I don't like the fact that you feel that way".
But a Republican leader built in Trump's own image - a political bomb-thrower, ruled by impulse - is unlikely, Green said.
The protests Ryan offered rarely had an impact.
But throughout it all, Trump's power within the party continued to grow, as Ryan's waned.
McCarthy raised $8.75 million in the first quarter of 2018, sending $2.9 million of that to the National Republican Campaign Committee, which helps fund Republicans' campaigns. He paid off at least a couple of old debts shortly after announcing his candidacy -one to a former girlfriend who had loaned him almost $2,000 almost two decades ago. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.
Washington Rep. Dave Reichert, who is one of 23 Republican members who hails from a district that Hillary Clinton won, is often understood by his constituents to be a moderate.
At the same time, Ryan has struggled to hold together a fractious GOP caucus, initially failing in his attempt to pass a repeal of President Obama's health care law. One Democratic opponent, ironworker Randy Bryce, already has raised $5 million, and Wisconsin Republicans are anxious that a national Democratic wave could sweep him to victory.
In recent months, Ryan has generally been more frank about the tensions of his job in private.
With the House, Senate and White House not always in agreement, Ryan seems to have been successful in finding middle ground. "The speaker thanked the chief of staff for being one of the sane guys in office". Either way, even worrying about Ryan maintaining his fundraising momentum is a headache the Republicans don't need. (The latter two will likely vie to replace Ryan as Speaker should Republicans keep their majority).
"No, I just don't see it like that", Ryan said. "I think it would be a huge mistake". "We are with you Paul!"