Trump -- Once and Future King?
"I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not. But if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination."
So says Mitt Romney, the sole Republican senator to have voted twice to convict President Donald J. Trump of impeachable acts.
But is it possible Trump could win the nomination in 2024?
What does history teach us about Republican presidents who, after losing the White House, come back to win it again?
Well, to be frank, there is no such history.
Consider. Four Republican presidents in the 20th century were defeated while seeking a second term. None was nominated again.
William Howard Taft lost the White House to Woodrow Wilson in 1912, and even ran behind the third-party "Bull Moose" candidate, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt. Taft never ran again but went on to serve as chief justice of the United States.
Ex-President Teddy Roosevelt was considering running again in 1920 but died at 60 in January of 1919 at Sagamore Hill.
After President Herbert Hoover lost to FDR in 1932, he never ran again.
Gerald Ford, serving out Nixon's second term, lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976 and packed it in for good, as did President Carter after losing to Ronald Regan in 1980.