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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Obama's stimulus = Obama's economy

We're a little over a week into the Obama administration, and battle lines have already been drawn on the seminal issue of the day: the stimulus package. 

While I'm not surprised in the least that the House passed the $800+ billion package, I'm slightly surprised that not one Republican present voted in favor of it.  I'm shocked, actually. 

It might not seem that important (after all, it still passed by some 50+ votes), but it could have big implications for the 2010 elections.   If the economy sputters through next summer and fall -- a very real possibility -- Obama and the Democrats are going to take the blame. 

Since this is their stimulus package, it's also now their economy.  Rightly or wrongly, come November of 2010, they'll either be rewarded or blamed at the ballot box.

The Republicans know this, and that's why they voted along party lines.  They're betting that the economy will remain soft through next summer, and they don't want their fingerprints anywhere near it. 

It's a gamble by the Republicans, but a calculated one. 

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