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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« Dial Testing the speech | Main | State of the Union »

Palin and Romney to Jindal: "bring it on"!*

My quick take on the President's SOTU address:  A very good speech ... accomplished his goal: ratchet up the hope, inspiration and optimism while continuing to talk down expectations. 

He continues to sell in the stimulus package (which is a little odd, given that it has been law for a week now), but that's probably because he knows that some of us still aren't convinced.  That's cool.  To quote Alec Baldwin in Glenn Garry Glenn Ross, "Always Be Closing".

His smartly laid out a larger vision beyond just the stimulus plan -- healthcare, energy and education -- which will likely comprise his agenda for the next four years.  

But the main event: Bobby Jindal's speech.   In one word: ugh, a friggin train wreck.  Ok that was a few words, but he really missed a golden opportunity to position himself as the clear front runner for 2012.

I've seen Jindal speak before, particularly in extemporaneous settings, and he's usually pretty good.  For some reason, he decided to channel the condescending sing-songy tones of the father of the internets, Al Gore.  Why, I'm not sure.  But it sounded like he was speaking to first graders.  And he didn't get to the Republican agenda until the end, which by that point most people had stopped watching.   I've watched it several times now, and I'm still not sure what point he was trying to make.

The content didn't work, and his delivery really didn't work.  Somewhere, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were celebrating observing closely.   Jindal had a chance to take the pole position, and he blew it. 

* Neither Palin nor Romney really said that. In fact, they probably didn't think it.  But then again, maybe they did.  I know I did, and I'm assuming they were reading my mind. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Ed Rollins said it best after commenting on Jindal " It was a very good night for Palin"

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercory

Bobbi J sounded so wimpy, he could be a Canadian politician!! Please note, I am a Canadian!!!!!!

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Quarry

exactly, nick. i thought i was watching someone auditioning for the narration role in Thomas the Train or something -- and failing miserably

He actually gave American Idol outcast William Hung a run for his money on worst ever stage performance.

And the content, i read it online this morning...i just didnt get it. In fact, much of what he was trying to say seemed to support the the Democratic party. He is weasly.

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

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