Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Palin 2012?

Politics being the brutal sport that it is, the chattering class is already speculating about Sarah Palin's fate should McCain get pummeled lose.

There's generally two schools of thought.  Hardcore conservatives believe that she'll be the presumptive front-runner come 2012, perhaps along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney.  The theory goes that Palin proved her mettle on the stump, and while she stumbled in one-on-one media settings, she connected with the Republican rank and file ... and in the end she'll be a stronger and more seasoned candidate.

The other school of thought holds quite the opposite:  Palin proved to be a net drag on the ticket, and in the end she'll be forever branded as gaffe-prone lightweight -- a female Dan Quayle.   The theory goes that she'll be unable to rehabilitate her lightweight image, much the same way Quayle failed to rehabilitate his. 

Of course, all of this goes out the window if McCain should somehow manage to win, but the likelihood of that grows smaller and smaller each day.

It's too early to determine what lies ahead for Palin -- four years can be an eternity in national politics.  But there's no doubt that if she wants to make a serious run at the presidency in 2012 -- and at this stage there's no evidence to point one way or the other -- she'll need to strengthen her foreign policy credentials, expand her breadth of issues, and clean the skeletons from her closet.   She amassed quite a bit of bagagge during this election, and it'll take at least four years -- if not longer -- for her to shed it ... that is, if she can do it at all.

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Reader Comments (6)

IF she even gets reelected governor of AK!

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian

If she ever actually became president, I would have to move to Canada.

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Why would you punish the poor Canadians like that, Mitch?

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNick

They would welcome me with open arms. And they certainly would see more of my wife, Jessica Alba. So I think they would be thrilled to have me there

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Mitchie, can I get you to swear to move to Mexico if McCain wins a week from now?

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Sure, why not. I would go to Ixtapa and become a bartender. I love that place

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

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