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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.

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CW11 and Fox Business

I was up at the wee hours doing some analysis on Fox Business and CW11.  I pretty much congratulated myself for being (mostly) spot-on.

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Humility was always your best trait.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTR

Nice segment Nick. You need to tell the anchor to tell viewers to visit your blog rather than CW for political insights...I mean, does anyone even visit CW's Web site?

Or, you can have them call me and I can tell them how I saw this think playing out from the day Obama announced his candidacy last year.

Any comments, Gooch???

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

The truth? You want the truth?... It is your earrings! It is your chopsticks! But it's so much more than that! You're pretentious! You call everybody by their full name! You called my doorman Sammy "Samuel"! But you didn't even say "Samuel", you said it "Samuelle"! Papier-mache? What is pah-pee-ay-mache?

Seriously Mitch, I PRAY TO GOD that we don't get slammed by terrorists in the next 4 years. There is a reason the Russians and Iranians and the other towel heads in the middle east are all celebrating today: We will bend over at will for them now.

I take solace in the fact that the republican party will regroup and be back stronger than ever to rescue us in 4 years.

BTW, why do you feel so threatened by Sarah Palin? What's not to love about a shotgun weilding hot hockey mom who looks great in a mini skirt? You must be a little light in the loafers if you don't like her.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe gooch

sorry about your loss gooch.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

wow Mitch, I lob you a softball and that's the best you can do? I don't mind telling you that I'm a little disappointed.

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe gooch

i knmow, i am sorry. i am feeling too good to get into the weeds. we are all americans

November 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

America lost. I love the values this county was founded on...but sadly most of those have been stripped from the fabric of our culture. Obama's victory speaks to his ability (and his campaigns) to win over the mindless sheep in this country who treat voting like a fad.

Unfortunately America has been lost for some time now. There is an amazing speach Ronald Reagan gave back in 1964 that speaks of the dangers of the liberal agenda against the founding fathers vision for this country...and all one has to do is listen to this today to know essentially all of those truths remain the same today.

Time has proven all of the social systems managed by GOVT simply do not work. Yet the answer time and time again is to simply put more money into failed systems. As if putting more gas into stalled engine is going to make it perform better? Not only does Obama propose to increase the funding of broken programs, he takes it one step further by proposing to somehow make them more efficient without ever stating how. And he doesn't limit his false promises to GOVT. He states he is going to re-tool Detroit to bring back out automakers. Since when is it the GOVT'S role to invest in the private sector? In order for Capitalism to work - companies that make bad bets fail, and the companies that make good ones prosper. The GOVT should not be stepping in with tax payers money to right any of these wrongs.

Time will prove OBAMA is in way over his on all the promises he made. He has ZERO record of implementing any executive change and he is now in charge of the largest bueracractie executive organization in the world.....good luck

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReality Check

Really well said Reality...i supported Obama, but I too am keenly interested in seeing how he makes these promises work. I am not naive enough to think many things won't fall thru the cracks...somehow he is now going to figure that out.

This is going to be an interesting (and fun) year to watch how things progress.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

You're correct Mitch it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I'm afraid that even if Obama does a great job at just stabilizing the current tormoil in this country it will be taken as a complete failure to most of his supporters. I got this very unsettling sense that so many of his followers feel like casting the vote for him was like picking the winning lottery numbers, and soon ALL of their problems where about to be solved.

While the event of a black president is without question an important milestone, it will remain just that unless the message it sends actually is translated into positive action for change and self-betterment. I really hope the sentiment in the African American community is not that Obama beat the white man, rather that with hard work and applying yourself really anything is possible. His victory should also teach everyone that excuses and pointing out limitations (whether past or present) gets you nowhere. The only way to succeed in this life is to be positive, ambitious, and rise above the negative and strive for more. The brillance of Obama's campaign was that he was able to create the perception that any challenge by John McCain on policy (however valid) was actually a negative attack, and if you want to stay positive - Vote Obama. Clearly that worked. Obama was able to distance himself from every scandal or policy challenge in a truly remarkable fashion.

However, now all of that is over. The time for great speaches and articulation is over. Action is what is going to be the deciding factor. This is where I have my greatest concern, as Obama does not have an actionable track record of being to implement this change he so overwhelmingly sold to the American people.

I'm just feel that he was such an amazing orator compared to Bush/McCain that he actually convinced the American People that he essentially could compile a Midget basketball team to win the NBA championship. Now the supporters are screaming "GO MIDGETS...GO MIDGETS"...yet does anyone think (now that its time to put up or shut up) that this is really going to happen?

I feel the expectation is too much. He is setup for only failure, not by his own doing, but by the crazy and lofty expectations of his supporters who feel like all of a sudden all of their problems are going to be taken care of, money will no longer be an issue, there will be a plethera of jobs to choose from, their houses will regain their value, their kids will be better educated, their cars will miraculously turn to hybrids etc...etc...just simply is not going to happen.

I also think the Republican party will be able to capitalize on this, because while most republicans where always very frustrated with Bush, I feel the sentiment for Obama is either going to be love or anger/hate if he doesnt deliver. And this is always the case when you make lofty promises coupled with even loftier expectations.

And understand the patience of the American people is going to be SHORT on this matter. Facts are Facts. Even in the last 2 days, the stock market has declined by a record level following an election...EVER. Granted Obama is not president just yet, but soon he will be and people will be expecting this change ASAP...or their vote back in 4 years

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReality Check

To your point, I saw a youtube clip of an obama supporter being interviewed that said...this is so great for our country, we all will get free gas and won't have to pay much for our homes. Was kind of scary.

There is something about him that makes me want to feel like he will be an amazing president which is why I so passionately supported him. Your points are well taken and I, like most Americans, will be paying close attention to see how this shakes out.

For me personally, I was never into politics that much before he announced his candidacy two years ago. I live in Illinois and know how popular he is here. If nothing else, his run and subsequent victory has given me a greater understanding of politics like I have ever had before. I am an amateur at this to be sure, but one that is willing to take it all in and absorb. It is a fun "hobby" to have and I am glad I got addicted to this race when it first began.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

And what you mill most likely understand Mitch as you get older and have aquired some wealth and assets - is that your family is the most important thing and providing for them is what means the most to you...unfortunately many times the liberal agenda associated 200k a year with "rich" like these people dont struggle to pay their mortgages like everyone else, havent worked hard to acquire what they have (and in most cases have worked harded than most) just to be told that after paying a TON of taxes, that simply that was not enough just because some politician deems it so. You will also see that there is a huge majority in this culture that doesnt feel they have to work, and that GOVT should simply take care of them, like a lifelong parent.

Personally to me, while I am socially liberal, fiscally I am very concerned with a Govt that speaks of socialistic systems as the answer. Social systems of dependency simply do not produce individual responsibility, although Obama mentioned this in his speaches in the same breathe, its an oxymoron that one produces the other, or requires the other to succeed.

Time will tell..you are right...and it is good that this has kick started you into politics and as you get older you will see how this really does affect you and you can make better judgements for yourself when your hard work is what is taken from you as to what is fair or not. And sure the Oprahs and bill gates can "pay more" but most americans even at $200k or higher are still strapped and struggling...ask any NYCer if 200k a year is "rich" and they will laugh at you

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReality Check

i am 39 years old and have two children! im no youngster any more Reality, but better late than never in terms of getting into politics. i think ragone.com got me into this in terms of hearing everyones viewpoints. i have mine, i've had a life of thinking about them and what appeals to me and what is best for my family and others.

i am a democrat at heart and when you look at the typical platform of one party or another i am closer aligned to the liberal/democratic agenda.

pursuing and retaining money and wealth isn't the only thing that drives me. though making more money as a result of hard work is certainly important and it does play a part in wanting to succeed in my job, paying more in taxes (though that is a total wash no matter what party is in power doesn't and didn't matter a bit to me in ths election - we all pay it in the end).

i would rather see people worse off than me get a boost rather than the wealthier of Americans getting wealthier. I know there are lots of variables there, but on a pure 10,000 ft level, that is how i feel. it is how i have always felt. i was raised that way. it isnt right or wrong, it is just me.

November 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

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