Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change
November 22nd, 2013
05:10 PM ET
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Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

(CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans.

The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats.

"Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule," Limbaugh told listeners.

"Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.”

Limbaugh continued: “Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that (said), 'You know what? We're going to change the rule. Now all we need is five."

“And well, 'You can't do that.' 'Yes we are. We're the majority. We're changing the rule.' And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room,” Limbaugh said.

“You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it's going to happen. There's no rule. When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."

Friday’s analogy isn’t Limbaugh’s first inflammatory comment about women. Last year, the radio host apologized for a comment he made on his show about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, calling her a "slut" after she testified about contraception on Capitol Hill.

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soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Jasmine Lindros

    In a room with six men and four women, why isn't the vote 10-0 against rape? Do you have some issues you need to discuss with a psychologist, Mr. Limbaugh? As to the rules change, it does NOT allow a simple majority to approve appointments, it ONLY prevents filibusters from being used to halt debate and prevent a vote on some executive appointments. Appointees covered by the rules change have always been confirmed by a majority vote, the rules change simply makes that vote happen instead of allowing Republicans to bring the process to a crashing halt.

    November 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Obumba

    That is about right. Because America is going to get screwed.

    November 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Zooly

    @ Jimbob...

    I wonder why the Republicans would filibuster so much. Boy, are they meany-cats!

    It must be because Obama is black, right?

    It couldn't have anything to do with his radical, uber-left wing leaning appointees, could it? Nah, of course not! It MUST be because of Barack Obama's skin colour.

    November 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Panagiotaropoulos

    I see no problem if it is justifiable rape. Maybe these women have too short skirts or are liberals or lesbians in need of reeducation. In these cases even three men can change the rules as long as they are true Tea Party patriots.

    November 23, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. witchrunner

    Seems like a lot of can't read plain English. He said that the majority of 6 can set the rules to make 5 votes all that's necessary. In other words, while there is a six vote majority they can say that a 5-5 vote passes legislation. Of course, the good news is that when Obama is out of office, the next prez, a repub, can just ignore any legislation she/he doesn't like. And the dems would have no grounds to complain.

    November 23, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. rex

    I love Rush, I was listening to him live when he said it and I thought my God what is he saying. Could have came up with a better analogy. It was tasteless.

    November 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. witchrunner

    jon: That's the point! There doesn't have to be a majority if the rules are changed to not require a majority.

    And just how is this inflammatory to women? But, knowing libs like to take anything a conservative says and be insulted, we know it doesn't matter what Limbaugh says, they are going to be insulted. That's the mentality of the left these days. They need to know whether a person has a D or an R behind their name to decide whether they agree with what is said or not. After all, if Bush had illegally changed the obamacare law to delay it, you libs know you'd be screaming from the rooftops for impeachment. And that's an easy case.

    November 23, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. MashaSobaka

    Wow. A Republican made light of rape because he's angry about not getting his way? Never thought I'd see that.

    November 23, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. skytag

    Right before the government shut down Republicans in the House passed House Resolution 368. It prohibited anyone but Eric Cantor or someone he designates from making any motion relating to HJR 59. If you cut through all the parliamentary BS it meant the Democrats in the House couldn't call for a vote to reopen the government.

    November 23, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Chris

    I understand the outcry on this, but where is the outcry when people from CNN, MSNBC or NBC use the same type of language against Republican women. Most notably Martin Brashir and his comments concerning Sarah Palin. Don't just criticize one side of the aisle because that's what side you support. If someone, from any side, says something that's offensive, wrong, deplorable, etc., hold them accountable. Sadly, that won't happen in our society when there is media bias and personal bias on both sides of the aisle.

    November 23, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Lainie11

    Majority is MOB rule. The first court of public opinion was on Pilate's front porch. The MOB demanded that Jesus be crucified and the killer Barrabas be freed. Need any more be said. We now have MOB rule in the Senate. Either analogy is correct, RAPE or MOB rule.

    November 23, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. AD24

    @Dave, CA

    "Typical repub; all promises, but it's nothing but lies."

    Kinda like our current prez, eh? If you like your plan, you can keep it!

    November 23, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. luzzionz2013

    Leave it to the Right Wing Rush to bring civil discourse back 2 the main stream .. oh wait it's that RUSH the one married 3 times, drug addicted to heroine in a pill form, send your maid out to buy your drugs and not spend one day in jail.. only from a low life Rich white guy can one have this much gall and Hate for his fellow man... . Rape ? really democracy is rape. lol someone give this man a pill . oh wait.. give this man an audience ??? if the Sandy Fluke comments didn't stop this blow-heart . i truly hope this will .. it really should .. !! it's truly indefensible ... NO MORE RUSH NO MORE RUSH..

    November 23, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. paul williamson

    Way to go Rush!! Just when I thought you had died and go to the hot place, you rear your fat ugly head again. America would be a less interesting, although more rationale , place without Rush Limbaugh.

    November 23, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester

    Funny, he didn't mind when a Republican majority in the past threatened to enact the same rule. And it wouldn't be needed if the Republican minority didn't automatically obstruct every single Obama nominee to any position at all. Whatever happened to "We just want an up or down vote!" - anyone else remember that? That was a *Republican* demand, back when Dumbya was in office. Wonder why they don't want that now.

    I'm really curious where the clinic is that Republicans have to go to in order to have their sense of shame surgically removed.

    November 23, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Tari Torch Sweeney

    I'm CARES? Why anyone gives this man any mention at all has always been beyond me.

    November 23, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. mistake

    Stupid analogy to illustrate an important point. Point is that this changes "rule of law" to "mob rule." If the rules are at the mercy of a simple majority, there is little reason to have rules. The Senators of today have nowhere near the wisdom of those who created the rules and clearly did not give enough thought to where this would lead. They are ALL an embarrassment. This will absolutely kill all negotiation in the Senate. The majority will simply get together, decide on their agenda and put it in action–no need to even have a vote. There will be no reason for the minority party to even show up to work. So the 47% of the nation that they represent are completely unrepresented. For the good of our country, I hope the first action that is taken when Republicans retake the Senate is to let bygones be bygones and change the rules back.

    November 23, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Lainie11

    The intent of Reid's/Obama'sSenate rules guarantees this: The judges who are appointed by the Senate with a GUARANTEED outcome will now further liberalize the country. The new appointed judges will work themselves up to the Supreme Court where the Law of the Land will cater to public opinion. The conservatives will be forced to live in a culture so contrary to common sense and morality that death will almost be welcome. Never before was there more a need for men of good will to take hold of the reins by voting for conservatives in 2014.

    November 23, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. teacher

    His hatred of women – now we know why he was married so many times. Evidently his wives did not listen to his radio show before they married him.

    November 23, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. John McNulty

    Rush, you are an ignorant pig. I gave up listening to you after your drug addiction. You think because it was caused by pharmaceutical, you are above it. Let me tell you fat boy, your not. So get off your white horse, ( witch you broke the back of ) and get off the radio. You suck!

    November 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. notogop

    What an idiot! I believe he must be on his "drug therapy" again. He is such a wonderful spokesman to represent the Republican party.

    November 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. vincent carter

    Why is Rush so Fascinated by Rape? Someone please check his basement.

    November 23, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Grin

    Why are we paying attention to anything this over-paid, drug-addled idiot has to say? Go take another Oxycodone and shut up, Rush.

    November 23, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. vincent carter

    JLP you mean when Rush gets Raped?

    November 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. deangelo

    I guess it's only misogyny if a conservative says it (Martin Bashir).

    November 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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