I don’t think it will happen.Would they dare nominate Mitt?
If it did, the Republicans could nominate anybody at their nominating committee, I believe. I think they’d get together and either promote Pence, or one of the “old guard” folks who isn’t necessarily seen as a rising star.
If they did, I think it would be to do a sharp reset. He or Jeb are the guys I think of most as from the old guard; they’re clear anti-Trumpers with conservative credentials. Neither would likely win, but they might be enough to hold onto the Senate while giving the GOP a chance to recover for 2024.
The big issue would still be Trump. He’d actively campaign against Mitt or Jeb.
The unifier candidate who might make a fantastic President is Nikki Haley. She can bridge every part of the party except the overt racists. If she had a full campaign cycle to run on, she would be the clear choice to me. Female, daughter of immigrants, executive and international experience, articulate, attractive, conservative but not crazy, showed leadership on the confederate flag and at the UN, appeals to Trumpers and suburban moms.
The GOP should go with an all-South Carolina ticket in 2024. Haley / Tim Scott.