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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What is Obamaism?

Michael Scherer of Time Magazine has an interesting piece titled "The Permanent Campaign" which describes the millions of Obama backers who are staying involved (and connected) through Facebook, Meetup, and other online tools.

There's no doubt that Obama has tapped into social networking in a way that has changed American politics.  Note to Republicans: dismiss it at your own peril.  But what struck me as odd was Scherer's assertion that "for the first time in decades, a President will enter office at the spearhead of a social movement he created."

He's definitely at the spearhead of a mood for change -- no doubt about that.  And he certainly rallied the American people to his candidacy.  But I'm not understanding what this "social movement he created" is all about.

You could summarize Ronald Reagan's mandate -- and his governing philosophy -- on an index card:  restore America's military might and win the cold war; unshackle the economy by cutting taxes and regulation; and recommit the United States as the torchbearer for freedom around the globe.  That was Reaganism, and the amazing thing: he pretty much accomplished all three. 

I couldn't begin to summarize Obama's governing philosophy in a book, let alone an index card.  Does change count as a governing principle? Is hope a mandate? Is "reaching across the aisle" code for some type of policy or initiative?  I have no clue.  I'm curious to see if there's actually an Obamaism, and what that might be.  Maybe Scherer should report on that story.

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Great post Nick. It's refreshing to have someone actually question the specifics of the Obama platform. I'm all for 'hope' and 'change' too, but I'd love to hear a plan. There will always be blind followers in each party, but I'm hoping that people will actually be intelligent enough to start questioning our leaders' policies and plans.

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