11/11/2011 12:46 pm ET Updated Jan 11, 2012

9 Things That Will Happen Before 2012 Election (PHOTOS)

Presidential races get minute-by-minute coverage in today's media environment, so it's easy to forget that we still have an entire year to go until the next election on November 6, 2012

For some perspective, here are 9 events that will happen between then and now. Maybe they can help us remember that we should space out our enthusiasm for electoral politics before President Obama goes up against some GOP contender at the ballot box.

9 Things That Will Happen Before The 2012 Election