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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Let 2010 begin!

I was on Fox Biz and PIX11 News last night doing some post-mortem stuff on the elections (no clips), and here's my basic take for 2010.

There are two major trends at work.  First, there's no doubt there's going to be some type of civil war within the Republican party to purge moderate candidates.  There's blood in the water from NY-23, and the conservatives are going to take that approach across the board (it's already happening in Florida with their opposition to Charlie Crist for Senate). 

It'll be up to RNC Chairman Michael Steele to keep it from getting too ugly (if that's even possible), but it's definitely going to take place.  The conservatives would argue that it'll improve their chances to win back the House and Senate because they'll be running candidates that offer a clear alternative to the Democrats; the moderates would say that it hurts their chances to take back Congress because most voters want  middle-of-the-road candidates.  It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

The other major theme will be the growing dissallusionment (not anger, yet) with the Obama presidency.  There wasn't outright anger in NJ and VA (though swing voters flocked to the Republicans in both states), but there seems to be a creeping dissapointment with the Obama administration (for proof, ask the far left what they think so far).  If the economy remains stagnant, jobs scarce, and healthcare confusing, it will be a very difficult year for the Democrats.   It'll be less difficult for the Democrats, however, if the Republicans self immolate in the 'great purge of 2010' ...

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