If Rupert Murdoch gave Rick Perry any advice for his presidential campaign when the paired dined at a Manhattan steakhouse Monday night, it might have been: Don't work for me. As Politico's Ben Smith notes, none of the top contenders for the 2012 nomination have worked for Fox News. The candidates that have -- Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum -- are struggling in the single digits in the polls, while other Fox contributors who once had presidential ambitions -- Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin -- are sitting on the sidelines. Could a Fox gig be a political career killer?
Eric Bolling, one of the regular panelists on "The Five," captured the glow surrounding Perry, saying, “We have had this discussion every day since Perry got in the race -- that he is the real deal." O'Reilly, equipped with the biggest megaphone in cable TV news, explained that, because of Perry’s large lead in the polls, he is now "a big target for those who do not like the GOP."...Late-night Fox host Greg Gutfeld offered the most memorable summary on "The Five." "Mitt Romney is like somebody you hook up with periodically until you get serious and you want to meet somebody serious," he said. "He [is] friends with benefits. And Perry is marriage material."
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