It’s insane to believe that a split wouldn’t have happened in the first place without Roosevelt dying (even then- there’s always Johnson or LaFollette), a compromise candidate showing up (Hughes? Root?), or Taft just giving up for no apparent reason (there’s still Fairbanks) Hell, even if Roosevelt wins the nomination, a conservative third party is very possible. Taft wasn’t on the ballot in California or South Dakota and yet both states had major boosts to the Democrats from ‘08. Fuck I’m 100% sure Roosevelt doesn’t win California head-to-hard without Johnson.