(If Aaron Sorkin was writing real life, Rumsfeld would hang on until the very end, only to have his resignation refused by the new President - who would instead fire his ass.)
But in the 'Heroes' perspective of the TV Universe, today is the day of the big atomic-like blast that is supposed to destroy New York City. However, only HIro Nakamura has reached that point yet, by traveling into the future. And he's gone back to be in chrono-synch with the rest of the cast. For them it is not yet November 8th, and they still have time to save the cheerleader; save the world.
It'll be some time before they reach that point in the narrative as the show is going to take a big step backwards, again thanks to Hiro.
So unless a show is set in the past or the future or in another dimension, the rest of the Toobworld is already living out November 8th, 2006... albeit offscreen for the most part.
('Lost', 'Kidnapped', and 'Everybody Loves Chris' are set in the past. 'Doctor Who', 'Battlestar Galactica', 'Smallville' and 'Jericho' are set in other dimensions. Currently, there are no shows set in the future of the main Toobworld, that I know of.)
Therefore, if we're looking at all of the TV shows being in the same universe, a lot of the wind is taken out of the sails for 'Heroes' plotline. We already know that they do indeed save the cheerleader and the world.
Not that it detracts from the journey when viewed on its own. This show kicks!
Today would also have been my Dad's 77th birthday.....
"Tomorrow you're all going to wake up in a brave new world -
A world where the Constitution gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones
Created in a stem-cell research lab run by homosexual doctors
Who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags.
"Where tax-and-spend Democrats take all your hard-earned money
And use it to buy electric cars for National Public Radio and teach evolution to illegal immigrants.
"Oh, and everybody's high!"
"The Midterm Midtacular"