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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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Apr282009

"This guy is willing to do anything to keep this seat" -- Chris Matthews

Here's my problem with Arlen Specter switching parties.

The guy has been a RINO (Republican in Name Only) for as long as he's been in public life, which has been over four decades.

Republicans have never liked him, and he's never particularly liked the base.  There has always been mutual mistrust between Specter and the right, and there's been talk over the years that he'd switch teams.

But to do it now, while he trails Pat Toomey in the primary by a dozen points, is just shameful and disgraceful.  Six years ago, when he faced a similar challenge from Toomey, President Bush and Rick Santorum literally carried him over the finish line with ringing endorsements, fundraising and campaigning.   They saved his ass, pure and simple ... and this is the payback. 

This was an act of political expediency, through and through.  Maybe it contained a smidge of principle, but it was primarily an act of survival -- party be damned.  Good riddance, Senator.

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