Political scientists are an odd bunch. They get excited by the establishment of political authority and by its dissolution, by good governance and bad. Every political scientist undoubtedly has a list of things that he or she would find fascinating. It looks like this year I may be able to check off another item.
Collapse of the Soviet Union (1991)
Death of an entitlement (1996)
Presidential impeachment (1998)
Balanced federal budget (1999)
Presidential election decided by the Supreme Court (2000)
Presidential selection by House of Representatives
Brokered convention (2012?)
Rediscovery of 10th Amendment
I’ll note that Newt was involved in several of the crossed out items (1996, 1998, and 1999). Given his seeming insistence to stay in the GOP nomination contest, it looks like he will be involved in another.