Election Day: All hands on deck

We’re up early today but I’m not sure why. The first polls don’t close until 6 p.m., and thanks to Wonkette, not even the media’s going to know what the exit polls look like until 5.

Chuck Simmins has the full list of poll closing times. The first Senate bellwether is Virginia at 7, then a raft of others at 8. In the meantime, Bryan, Ian, and I will have no fewer than eight recorders whirring throughout the day and into the night. The point of this post is to ask you guys to please e-mail us at the tips address in the upper right-hand corner of this page if you see something — on television or online — that you think deserves a wider audience. We’ll be focusing on the cable news networks but we’re bound to miss stuff. If you’re watching tonight and you’re near a keyboard when something happens, we’d be very grateful if you gave us a holler.

Re: our plans for the site today, Michelle has a post on key state initiatives coming that should be ready this morning. Ian has put together a javascript chat room for your use, although we want to test that a bit more before we throw it open. Hopefully that’ll be ready in a few hours. Our affiliates (yes, including Bethany) will also be touching base with us throughout the day, possibly in the form of podcasts although that’ll depend upon how busy Bryan is helping us with video. And starting tonight, we’ll be cutting the footage of MM’s reports on the blogosphere for Fox News and posting it in the Vent window.

Howard Kurtz admits in today’s WaPo that the media is rooting for the Democrats — but certainly not for the reason you think. (He also’s gone ahead and written tomorrow’s front-page story.) Michael Kinsley’s rooting for the Democrats too, albeit very grudgingly. Via Tom Maguire:

For national security in general, the Democrats’ plan is so according-to-type that you cringe with embarrassment: It’s mostly about new cash benefits for veterans. Regarding Iraq specifically, the Democrats’ plan has two parts. First, they want Iraqis to take on “primary responsibility for securing and governing their country.” Then they want “responsible redeployment” (great euphemism) of American forces.

Older readers may recognize this formula. It’s Vietnamization — the Nixon-Kissinger plan for extracting us from a previous mistake. But Vietnamization was not a plan for victory. It was a plan for what was called “peace with honor” and is now known as “defeat.”

NRO has posted its predictions. Among those surveyed, only two people think the GOP will hold the House: K-Lo … and Mark Steyn.

As for St. Cindy, she doesn’t care who wins. All she wants is peace. Or a Mercedes-Benz.

Only nine hours to go. Here’s something to put you in the mood.