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Spin Control

That was the week that was

It was a week that saw Paris Hilton weigh in on the presidential campaign.

The presidential candidates weigh-in on the efficacy of tire gages.

John McCain started the week at the biker rally in Sturgis, S.D.

Barack Obama ended the week by going on vacation.

Washington voters began mailing their primary ballots back.

State Republicans questioned Gov. Chris Gregoire's campaign contributions from Native Americans and she accused them of being racist.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers pumped gasoline for her television commercial.

Her main Democratic opponent, Mark Mays, aired a commercial suggesting she seems like a nice person, but she's really just a George Bush clone.

Much as it pains us to admit it, Paris Hilton probably was the week's winner, and her video is really worth watching -- once -- if you haven't caught it.

The final word goes to the only serious discussion of the debate over inflated tires vs. drilled coast lines. But when we say serious, be warned that what we really mean is "pretty technical and dull." Still, it's worth a look if you want to dominate the discussion on energy politics at the coffee counter next week.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.