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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Bush alumns not helping the cause

The Bushies have been out in full force this week trying to burnish the former president's legacy with the argument that "at least he kept us safe."

Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer and Chris Matthews went at it pretty good earlier in the week, and later today Dick Cheney sits down with CNN's John King for his first interview since leaving office.

The Bushies have every right to defend their legacy and offer a contrarian point of view to the mainstream media.  That's fine.  But there's no doubt that it hurts the current Republicans, who would like nothing better than to put Bush 43 in the rearview mirror.  Having Fleischer, Perino, Cheney et al on the tube pleading their case to the American people only drives the Republicans numbers down further.

Maybe there is a historical case to be made that Bush 43's two terms weren't the train wreck that it seems to be (though I have no clue what that would be), but that's not an argument to be made now.  Certainly nobody is going to buy it while we're suffering through the worst economy in 70 years and have deficits that are measured in the trillions of dollars.  I think every time a Bush 43 alumnus appears on TV it just reminds voters why they like Obama and dislike Republicans.  Maybe they should just cool their heals for a bit.  

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Reader Comments (3)

Well said.

It's like a kid who dropped and broke something and is desperately trying to put the pieces back together...

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob Walters

perfectly said nick...whenever i see fleischer on tv i cringe...i wonder to myself,does he really beleive what he is saying? is he brainswashed?

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Good post, Nick.

The Bushies need to find something else to hang their hat on that isn't trying to prove a negative.

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFernando

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