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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How weird can the Palin circus get?

I'm really not that interested in the circus that is Sarah Palin.  I can't recall a defeated VP candidate -- or presidential candidate for that matter -- getting this much attention, but whatever.  It's borderline insane, but then again so is the concept of twitter.

But, you know things are going really, really bad for McCain's veep when the Palin's had to release the following statement in response to Bristol Palin's former fiance Levi Johnson's appearance on the Tyra Banks show. Just typing that sentence has left me 10 IQ points dumber.

Writes politico.com:

"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep, Meghan Stapleton.

"Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," the statement continues. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."

The statement ends, saying, "Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions."

Wow.  It doesn't take the ghost of Lee Atwater to figure out that Sarah Palin is just too tarnished to be a serious candidate at the national level. 

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Reader Comments (5)

nick, she was forever tarnished once she opened her mouth on any number of interviews she gave, a la, charles gibson, couric, etc.

to be honest, her selection, once i saw what a dope she is, her radical right wing views nonwithstanding, reinforced in my mind that the presidency and politics at large is nothing but a shell game and a con game and a numbers game.

at least the right man won the job to run our country and she can go back to being an embarassment that she is, has been and forever will be.

mccain and his advisors, years from now when they are gone and 6-feet under, will collectively roll in their graves over the mistake they made in selecting a vp candidate that embarrassed most in her party and almost most of the electorate at large..

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

well reasoned and objective as usual, Mitch. It's a shocker CNN hasn't called you to replace John King yet.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ragone

i was offered a show on MSNBC...my agent is reviewing

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