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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Obama faces a three-headed monster

The President's prepared remarks at his presser tonight ... Is it just me, or does every Obama speech sound like a campaign event.  He spent half his time talking about the "inherited economy". It's time to get past that.  He needs to explain to the American people why this stimulus bill has done nothing to create new jobs, and how he's going to keep healthcare reform "revenue neutral." 

The truth is, it can't be done, and most Americans know it -- that's why President Obama's poll numbers are plummeting.  The president is facing a three-headed monster:  an insanely ballooning deficit, a shrinking economy, and a healthcare plan that will add untold trillions in debt while only insuring a fraction of the uninsured population.

This is a recipe for disaster, plain and simple, and Republicans are beginning to sense an opening.  It looks like a strong possibility that they'll pick up the only two Governiships in play this year, New Jersey and Virginia, and if that's the case it'll give the GOP momentum heading into 2010. And the White House's response to their plummeting poll numbers:  trying to cram nationalized healthcare through Congress before anyone notices.

Republicans need be smart and keep out of the President's way while he fights with his own party over this disastrous healthcare bill.  They should offer constructive alternatives and resist taking political cheap shots.  I still have a hard time thinking that anything will pass before the August recess, but I suppose it's not out of the realm of possibility.

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Reader Comments (8)

my approval rating for Obama went from 100% to 99.93%. He is doing everything right.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Reid confirmed that there won't be a vote before the recess.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRick

"....He is doing everything right...." for a Marxist

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterln

Mitchie, I think you're rose colored glasses are blinding you. The President is stuck between a rock and hard place and another rock. The economy isn't rebounding like he promised ($787 billion later); the American people are getting really, really nervous about the size of the deficits (even Biden says they screwed that up); and healthcare is going to be way more costly than first believed. To put it in the vernacular, this is a hot stinking mess.

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

i still like him way more than anything a republican would have done or not done

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Mitch is a prime example of the worst part of American politics. Like a sheep, he blindly follows Obama simply because he is "not a republican or Bush". In order for this country to once again regain its greatness, we need to start following principles and NOT parties in our decision making process.

Obama has ALREADY failed in every major policy push he has made, his stimulus package has FAILED already, by the very success metrics (unemployment rate) that his administration set forth, now they are trying to backtrack and call it a "recovery" package and not a stimulus package.

His foreign policy push that diplomacy works if you open up a dialogue has FAILED, Iran has made a mockery of us, NK is firing rockets left and right, and Obama has taken a "surge" strategy from Bush (which he criticized Bush for and said would fail in Iraq) into Afghanstan.

The American people have finally woken up and said enough is enough. At some point Obama will only generate confidence as a leader by SHOWING RESULTS for what he sets out to do. And that's just it...he lives in a world where he feels giving good speeches and making the "best argument" is all it takes to win. That may have held true throughout his life so far, winning debates in college, and making rhetoric promises on the campaign trail....but as President he needs to show results. And to date he has shown none.

Mitch blindly follows Obama based on nothing other than popularity (which is eroding).

The American people are starting to realize...this is washingyton as usual, nothing has "changed" - and maybe putting a 3-month old JR senator into the white house with no executive experience was a big mistake. It's very clear Obama has no idea what he is doing, he's become a puppet for Pelosi and the far far far left. They preach about being for the average american on main st, while they bailout out the banks and give Goldman Sachs their greatest quarter EVER!

Where are those jobs he promised to save or create????

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