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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Adios, Sarah

With her decision to step down as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has effectively ended her political career.

It's an odd move -- flaky might be a better word -- and will go down as a career-killer for her. I understand her reasons -- she wants to promote her book, make a little coin, campaign for other Republicans, and cherry pick national issues to her liking -- but that is not a president make. The speech itself was simply frightening -- disjointed, rambling, cliche-ridden, and non-sensical.

Palin needed to burnish her credentials as a political heavy-weight, and show that she has the intellectual bandwidth to hold our nation's highest office, but with this move she's done just the opposite. Palin once again confirmed that she has horrible political instincts, and all but conceded that she isn't willing to put in the time and effort to really learn the ins and outs of governing. The big winner (yet again): Mitt Romney. He must be grinning from ear to ear with this news; check off another contender from the list.

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Reader Comments (4)

Agree. Awful across the board. That was like watching Moon Zappa resign from something. Her spokesperson was equally bad. It makes me wonder if there is another shoe to drop. Hmmm...

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfluffus

You really underestimate Palin. She has a strong bond with Conservatives and is a money making, crowd drawing machine. To quote Bill Kristol "After all, she's freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues - and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska. I suppose she'll take a hit for leaving the governorship early - but how much of one? She's probably accomplished most of what she was going to get done as governor, and is leaving a sympatico lieutenant governor in charge.

And haven't conservatives been lamenting the lack of a national leader? Well, now she'll try to be that. She may not succeed. Everything rests on her talents, and on her performance. She'll be under intense and hostile scrutiny, and she'll have to perform well.

All in all, it's going to be a high-wire act. The odds are against her pulling it off. But I wouldn't bet against it."

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Schlosser

She'll definitely make money -- no doubt about it. But there's no way a half term former Governor can be a legitimate candidate for national office. She's not going to overcome her "light on experience" problem by quitting mid term.

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ragone

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