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The Vox Box

Gettin’ Reele with Michael Steele

Coupled with the refusal to dismiss the partisan stubbornness of their waning party, the senseless, Pallinesque rise of Bobby Jindal from obscurity to clarion-calling Republican spokesperson, and the tendency towards mass-criticizing Obama with the exact same verbiage on fifty different channels from fifty different people, the GOP has decided to dismiss that terrible, acronym-ruining "O"  that has made them so unappealing to a generation that is simply unwilling to accept old as the new black. 

How did they do it?  They got Grand ole token black man Michael Steele to act "hip" and "urban" in one of the most hilarious cases of accidental irony thus far in 2009.  That, or they've so wholly given up that they've just decided to lampoon themselves with a constant and singular appeal to the "out-of-touch" crowd, who actually does bear an impressive showing at the polls each year. 

Because it's late and I have a couple essays to get to, I'll let Stephen Colbert fill you in on what I'm talking about.

The Grand Young Party... now that's something I can get behind.  Mostly because GYP is only two letters from "GYPSY", and I think Hendrix's chemistry with Cox and Miles was eons beyond the tired limitations The Experience began to place on him.  Maybe the "Grand Young Party that's [totally] Super Young [seriously we are]"?  

Seriously, Band of Gypsies was an unequivocal power trio.


In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at