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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Eliot talks ethics at Harvard

I appeared on WPIX 11 news to talk about Eliot's Spitzer's latest stop on his "look at me try to rehabilitate my image tour" at Harvard University, where he gave a talk on ethics (insert joke here).

There's no doubt that Eliot is making a concerted effort to rehab his effort.  First it was the Today Show, then Morning Joe, then a few op-eds and a regular column on Slate.com.  But the question remains: to what end?

Is he just trying to save face and become a respectable citizen (if he ever was one), or does he have bigger plans (namely, running for office again)?

Who knows. Is it inconceivable that he could make a stab at running for Attorney General or perhaps Mayor of NYC? Well, stranger things have happened, and while it seems far fetched, it's not totally out of the question.  I give it a low probability, but it's not an impossibility.

But Eliot is missing an important step on his world rehab tour.  He's done all the requisite things except show contrition and actually apologize -- really apologize -- for his appalling behavior.  It's as if he missed a step in the process, and sort of went from sin to reconciliation without ever showing contrition.  The American public has an enormous capacity to forgive and forget and move on; we prove it time and again with scandals.  When there's real remorse and contrition, were all too happy to forgive and move on.

But I don't recall Eliot throwing himself at the mercy of the people.  He sort of glossed over that part with some tight lipped, half-hearted explanation and moved on.   He needs to take a step back and really give a full, public accounting for what he did, why he did it, and show actual remorse.  Maybe he's not capable of it, but unless he does that, he'll remain a circus sideshow.

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