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.

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Friedman to world: screw your team of rivals malarky

Tom Friedman makes a compelling case against the "team of rivals" approach -- at least when it comes to Secretary of State.

He's not sold on Hillary for State.  His reasoning:  the most important qualification for the chief diplomatic job is having the unequivocal and unwavering support of the President.  And the ability to counsel him candidly.  It's what separates the great diplomats -- Henry Kissinger, James A. Baker III, Dean Achenson -- from the not so great.

I guess I sort of buy that.  There's no question that there will be trust issues between Obama and Hillary. There has to be -- it's only natural after a campaign that bitter.  But does that mean she won't speak with the full authority of the Obama administration.  I don't think that will be the case.  She's too well respected -- and powerful -- to be treated like just an ordinary diplomat.  

Some great diplomats simply carry out their President's agenda, while others shape it.  I think she'd be the latter more than the former. 

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Reader Comments (3)

I kind of wish the Clinton's would just fade away..let Bill do his global stuff and Hillary be a Senator and that's that.

November 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Mitch, for once I totally agree with you. Wish the Clinton's would fade away. . .

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB

Lets not hope for another Ft. Sumner to come between the rivals in the form of Iraq....

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim

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