Putting a whole new twist on “Mock” Con

Performers satirize politics for Mock Con Spring Kickoff

Sam Bramlett

Who says that politics has to be serious? Not the Capitol Steps, who made audience members leave Lenfest laughing when they put the “mock” in democracy on Wednesday.

The Capitol Steps is a satirical group composed of both Republicans and Democrats that previously worked on the Hill.

“Comedy is a way for them to find holes to get more honesty out of politicians,” Mock Convention General Chair Andrew McCaffery, ‘16 said. “Why expose yourself to get jabbed by more jokes when you could be a bit more straightforward?”

The Capitol Steps has been to W&L once before and at the time, the event sold out. This year, around 200 students, faculty and citizens of Lexington packed the seats.

Mock Convention is held every four years by W&L students to predict the distribution of delegates from each state.

The events, held over four days starting Wednesday of last week, were a part of Mock Con’s Spring Kickoff, an effort to generate excitement for the rest of the convention cycle.

Each of the nonpartisan group’s songs was a clever parody of a current event or political scandal.

“They definitely attacked members of both parties,” Mock Convention Director of Operations Courtney McCauley, ‘17 said.

Some of these political figures included President Barack Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. The parodic songs performed by the group were taken from their most recent album appropriately titled “Mock the Vote.”

“I was surprised by a few things they did about other countries too such as putting songs from the movie “Grease” to something sang by people playing Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and Alexis Tspiras,” McCauley said.

But these kinds of choices for the show made it more effective because it made it appeal to more people than just those interested in politics. As a result, most attendees left praising the show in high spirits.

“The goal of spring Kickoff is just to bring the entire campus community together to understand what Mock Con is doing,” McCaffery said.

“We have to be mindful that attention spans are short. While we can drag out the convention for three and a half years, we only have the attention of the student body and greater community for so long. This is just a great way to open up the excitement.”