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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A-Rod fesses up; more likeable today then ever before

I don't know where to start with the A-Rod mess.

I'm shocked that he actually admitted to being a roider.  I had simply assumed he'd go down the Roger Clemens route because that's what uber-creepy agent Scott Boras would want.  But I guess he had enough common sense to come clean.

My overwhelming feeling is that this could actually be liberating for A-Rod.  I mean, the guy has been an unlikeable phony his entire career.   Even Yankee fans couldn't warm up to him, mostly because he was such a see-through phony.  And because he's not worth a damn in the clutch.

But most Americans are forgiving. Very forgiving.  By fessing up, coming clean, and asking for forgiveness, maybe he'll stop being a phony and simply admit what most of us already know:  that he's a human being, just like the rest of us.  No need to chase perfection anymore, or carefully calibrate every answer, or pretend that failure doesn't bother you.   Admit that you're human, flawed, and trying to better yourself ... and guess what? Most people will forgive you.

This is a good start.  He needs to face the crush of media, and all their idiotic questions, and be contrite, truthful, and apologetic.  Throw yourself at the mercy of the fans, A-Rod, and they'll likely forgive and forget.  Eventually.

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Honestly, I couldn't disagree more, Nick. To me, he came off even more phony than ever. His whole answer about not really knowing if he had tested positive or not was completely unrealistic. A-Fraud lives!

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTR

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