Wasn’t Teddy a spoiler in the election that gave America Woodrow Wilson, in much the same way Ross Perot gave America the Clintons?
Might could look at it that way, except Ross Perot did not throw the election to the Clintons, although the moderate republicans like to explain their failures that way.
By the way, the other guy in that election, Taft, also supported the constitutional Amendment creating the Federal Income Tax. What was Taft’s position on creation of a private central bank called the Federal Reserve? And the 17th Amendment? Or did he even have a campaign promise out there dealing with the fed and the 17th?
Yes -- the ill-fated Bull Moose Party. Teddy and Richard Nixon are the two biggest Republican disappointments of the twentieth century. They ran as arch-conservatives and governed as liberals.