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September 7, 2007 4:25 PM

Arthur Branch, meet Freddie Thompson

After six months of political strip tease, Fred (

Freddie) Dalton Thompson, the ex-lawyer-lobbyist-senator-actor from Tennessee, finally launched his official campaign for President this week from the safety of Jay Leno's

Tonight Show

couch,

passing up the Republican candidate debate in New Hampshire

and ducking the questions of reporters. But there was no escaping the gaze of those ornery bloggers, who were quick to pick at his style, his age, his record, and his political judgment.

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