Wilson never would have been POTUS but for Theodore Roosevelt’s ego and stupidity.
After winninng his own election in ‘04 TR announced to the press he’d not run again, not only making himself a lameduck but issuing a statement he did not really believe.
After puting Taft in the white house in ‘o8 TR wanted another turn in ‘12...he split the gop and allowed the incompetent wilson to win.
It never should have happened. If TR had served his own second term wilson likely would have remained a one term Governor of NJ. What a shame.