I’ve been meaning to post this thought experiment for over a year now, and the threads of all our various Brendan Eich posts made me think now’s as good a time as any. So with that, I give you the Rove vs. Huckabee Test.
Mind you , on its surface this test will only apply to those readers who are pro-same sex marriage. Despite that, I think it’s underlying question is universal enough that everyone should be able to get involved in the conversation.
Note: For the purposes of this game, you must be willing to assume the descriptions of real-life people below are 100% accurate.
Here is the set up:
For reasons that are immaterial to this test (but probably involve some opportunity for me to give a Thursday Night Bar Fight-esque “Thanks a lot, Obabma!”) the GOP is now in charge of all three branches of the government. What’s more, we know that they will be in control for the next three years.
Public polling now shows the country divided down the middle on all gay rights issues, including SSM bans and the legal right of employers, businesses (including hospitals), and landlords to refuse employment, services and housing on the basis of being GLBT. As it stands, 45% of Americans are strongly pro-gay rights; 45% are strongly anti-gay rights. The remaining 10% are truly on the fence, and might be persuaded to either extreme end of the spectrum.
Congress and the White House decide to appoint a Gay Czar — a single member of the party to make a recommendation on whether or not people who identify as GLBT should have their rights restricted, and if so to what degree.
Whatever the Gay Czar propose, it universally assumed, the GOP will sign into law and SCOTUS will uphold. The Gay Czar will also have the power to make new recommendations at any time, for any reason, and know that they will no doubt be adopted by the President and Congress alike.
They have narrowed it down to two candidates, and it is up to you to pick which one will be named Gay Czar. The candidates are:
Karl Rove: You know that Rove himself has never believed that gays are really any different that anyone else, and are deserving of all the same rights as non-gays. However, you also know that in the past, he was willing to start a sweeping political movement demonizing them to achieve a certain level of power and status.
Mike Huckabee: Unlike Rove, Huckabee truly believes that homosexuality is a sin, and for him the there is no question SSM is against God’s will. Nonetheless, he largely subscribes to a “hey, we’re all sinners and let he who have not sinned cast the first stone” mindset. He also lacks Rove’s thirst for power for power’s sake.
Assuming that the winning the battle for the rights of GLBTs is your driving motivation, the Rove vs. Huckabee Test is this:
Who do you choose to be the Gay Czar: Karl Rove of Mike Huckabee? Why?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, there is only the potential wisdom to be gleaned from your responses.