The first event this week for me that was unexpected was Mitt Romney’s defeat, the second was Question #2’s defeat

And then once Barack Obama was safely re-elected a lot of unexpected things suddenly started happening:

At Nextel:

NII Holdings, which operates mobile services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced that it is taking actions to realign certain resources and roles between its headquarters and market units in order to create a stronger and more agile organization, and to facilitate future growth. As part of this strategy, the company is reassigning select positions located at its headquarters to its operations in Latin America and eliminating certain positions at its corporate headquarters in Virginia (US). In total, the company will reduce its workforce at its headquarters by 20 percent.

At the State Department:

An economic analyst invited by the State Department to brief a group of foreign journalists on the U.S. economy on Election Day responded to a question from a reporter from the Egyptian newspaper Al Wafd by predicting that U.S. Treasury securities—the means by which the U.S. government finances its debt–will be downgraded again.

Carbon Taxes? On the Table

Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.

A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said…

Small Arms Treaty? , Why Soitenly!

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations helped move a controversial arms trade treaty on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after President Obama won reelection.

The Obama administration was widely blamed by treaty advocates for derailing the effort back in July when it asked for more time amid growing opposition from Republicans and pro-gun-rights Democrats who are worried the treaty would affect the sale of civilian weapons in the United States. Fifty senators — including eight Democrats — signed on to a letter at the time signaling their opposition to the treaty.

The U.S. Mission said the timing of the vote had nothing to do with the election. They said it was initially scheduled for last week but was delayed because of Hurricane Sandy.

Suddenly Boeing has Layoffs

Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California and consolidate several business units to cut costs.

And Vesta in Colorado?

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas says it plans to cut its global workforce by another 3,000 by the end of next year.

and the Fema offices in Staten Island,

Looks as if FEMA is just a fair- weather friend.

Yesterday’s nor’easter proved too much for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s aid location in Tottenville, SI — which hung a sign reading “Closed due to weather” as the wintery storm blew into town.

Ten FEMA centers in the area reportedly suspended operations because of the storm, although the location with the sign at the Mount Loretto Community Center did open at noon.

Hey the President has been re-elected, Mission accomplished so all that stuff people have held back on, in the media, in the government, and everywhere else.

And BTW a reminder that you will be hearing from me a lot


Update: More Unexpected news:

As the financial world puts Tuesday’s presidential election behind it, the light in the tunnel could be an economic freight train.

and layoffs

A Las Vegas business owner with 114 employees fired 22 workers today, apparently as a direct result of President Obama’s re-election.

“David” (he asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) told Host Kevin Wall on 100.5 KXNT that “elections have consequences” and that “at the end of the day, I need to survive.”

And not Unexpectedly they’re not alone.

Update 2: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, and the unexpected parade continues:

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Thursday that a key sales figure fell for the first time in nearly a decade in October, as it faced the double whammy of a challenging economy abroad and intensifying competition at home.

and in the stock market:

The two-day slump came in the wake of Obama’s re-election to a second term as investors turned their focus back to Europe’s problems and the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax increases and government spending cuts in the U.S. that will occur unless Congress acts by Jan. 1. Investors see it as a serious threat to the economic recovery.

“The thinking before the election was that it would remove some of the uncertainty, but it seems to have done the opposite,” said Tyler Vernon, chief investment officer at Biltmore Capital Advisors in Princeton, N.J.

Oh I think with four more years of Obama there is a ton of certainty in my mind as to were we are going.

Update 3: My friend Cynthia Yockey is going to be on BBC’s Have Your Say TV show, 10 AM EST facebook page here.

The traffic should have been the first clue.

After I left the Nashoba Club Restaurant for dinner (the best decision I made of the night) I headed down to the convention center, when I hit I93 south the traffic was bumper to bumper with police stopping people on the side. I had to make my first call in to WCRN from the road. My contact in the Romney campaign told me that my credentials would be at the center waiting for me.

When I finally got toward the center

that turned out not to be the case, I informed them of the confirmation of my credentials and was told they would look into it but was misinformed that credentials were to be picked up here.

I was then informed that my credentials were waiting at the Campaign HQ but wasn’t in a position to go there a very nice guy named Craig said he would work on it, I called my connection who said he would see if he could get them down there.

It was pretty cold but I had my trench coat & my inborn insulation finally Craig returned and said he would take me to the Weston next door where I could charge up and wait for my credentials to show up.

I spoke to several people there, a young fellow from Texas was also waiting for credentials as everyone around me drank about 15 min later Andrew showed up and I had my credentials.

You’ll note that credential said “attendee” rather than “press” there are 1200 reasons why that was the case, all of them dollars that was the fee assessed by the campaign for members of the press. For a major media organization that’s No Big Deal, for me that’s a Mortgage payment coming out of what is left of my savings after four years of Obama.

The bad news was I didn’t have access to the same set-up as the press on the risers of the top floor, so I found myself a wall with a plug to charge my phone and laptop and starting searching the results.

I was not surprised to see North Carolina & Virginia called, My thought was of course, the idea is to hold back.

My first disappointment was PA, but it was not a huge surprise, connections not withstanding with Black Panthers and the voter id law not being enforced.

New Hampshire WAS a surprise, but then again I wasn’t aware of this:

New Hampshire Democrats appear to have taken advantage of Judge John Lewis’ decision to scrap the domicile rules. The end result was that busload after busload of out of state students were ferried to the polls to vote in New Hampshire. They killed the constitutional amendments. They elected a Democrat governor. And they gave New Hampshire to Obama. (I recall suggesting that exactly this would happen as a result, and that it was in fact the entire point of choosing Lewis to toss out the rules).

The Grok crew will be following up on this btw.

Now in terms of business the smart thing would have been to be upstairs mingling and passing out cards, but I went straight to the phones the first call was to Stacy in Ohio and he was saying bluntly that while turnout in GOP areas in Ohio were not looking good it’s moot if Florida or VA doesn’t come through, I called bloggers across the country and things were not sounding good but all that can be done once the polls close is to count and wait.

It was apparently that the crowd was not all that level-headed and panic seemed to come in very fast, a video from Ohio to reassure folks really spoke volumes, you don’t have to issue stuff like that if you’re winning.

Michigan didn’t surprise me that much either but Wisconsin? That was a shock when it was called, I spent a lot of time looking online to see what the raw vote was and seeing little or nothing.

What was really bothering me was Florida ( I heard insiders talking that Florida & VA were OK but Ohio was a worry) but polls had shown a solid lead for Mitt in Florida if it was still not called that was a real issue and might depress the GOP vote further west (I suspect that had plenty to do with the Utah result of Mia Love).

But I wasn’t really bothered until I bought a Diet Pepsi, I didn’t take the time to ask the price and found myself paying $4.75 for a can poured into a plastic cup with ice.

On some of the calls people were becoming angry, it was a bad sign, but amid the smoke as I watched returns seeing Liz Warren pull farther & farther ahead (apparently dems learned from Jan 2010 and the full get out the vote effort of Nov 2010 was in play) there was one light, they had “called” Q2 early as a win but the numbers started to reverse until it was too close to call. The race I figured we would go down fighting on turned into our only win of the night.

Finally Ohio was called and it was pretty much all over. It was pretty clear who the only people happy in the room were

Some half-hearted attempts at cheers were made then Mitt Took the stage

His speech was not memorable and as I heard him speak I remembered what a very wise person told me about Mitt who had worked with him, saying his sin was Narcissism.

I spoke to some young republicans who posed for me

that night for their take

I spoke briefly with Eric Fehrnstrom

He declined an interview, but was holding up pretty good.

I can’t say the same for many of the others, I talked to people from all over and there was a sadness and more than that a shock, it was not the resignation of a McCain vs Obama where victory was not expected, it was the shock of the Yankees in the 1st inning of game 7 in 2004 when the Sox took the lead they would never relinquish, it was the Shock of democrats when Scott Brown won in 2010.

The democrats took the lessons of Scott Brown in Massachusetts and learned them, they took the lessons of 2010 and learned them. It remains to be seen if the GOP will do the same.

As I was leaving Hong Kong TV took me aside and asked me about the race on camera, we talked for twenty minutes. At the time I did not know if the Obama voters had turned out, (not generally he had millions fewer votes nationwide but in the right places) or if the GOP had stayed home (which it turned out they did in droves) and I made two cases:

1. If you nominate moderate to lead a conservative party you will fail because he will run away from the party instead of making the case for it.

2. Conservatism like anything else needs to be TAUGHT and Sold and you can’t stop teaching or selling

But to both them and French Radio with who I spoke to I described the United States as “two countries within one border” That being the case the only hope to go to the people.

Go to the Latinos and Black Americans, explain WHY conservative economics work for them. Explain why an open border hurts THEM and theirs and explain why the entitlement society makes them peons and slaves to the state as sure as if they were in the plantations of South America or the old South.

Go to women explain WHY not only conservative economics works for them but WHY conservatism in social issues benefits them, their children and themselves.

Let Americans know that WHY a strong America makes them safer than a weak one, make the case and do it every single day.

That is a better investment than any dollar to any superpac, until that is learned by the GOP we will see this again.