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. Tony

    Good points.

    By using a taboo topic, he got his analogy widely reprinted and read.

    November 23, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. Freddie Bar

    Incredible but writers here are bashing what Limbaugh said while not paying attention to the real issue which is the first time the nuclear option has been used, this is so typical of Alinsky Rules driven media and Obamalovers. I do hope that the Republicans use the threats that the Democrats made some years ago when the Democrats where the minority and Republicas played with the idea of going Nuclear "Democrats threatened to shut down the Senate and prevent consideration of all routine and legislative Senate business"

    November 23, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  3. Calif US Patriot

    LOL!! Oh, forgot, 'rape' is only a term the liberals are allow to use......like all the wall street occupiers who were raping their own in the tents during their protests. HEY!! Where were all you 'outraged' idiots when that was taking place?? There was a deafening silence when that was happening.

    November 23, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  4. Craig Whitmore

    "When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."
    This is the interesting statement in what Limbaugh said that you should all be discussing. Forget the "rape" analogy – he could have used any other crime (and if he wasn't an "entertainer" interested in ratings he probably would or should have).
    A democratic republic only works when certain rules are unchangeable to protect the rights of the minority in the face of the majority. The courts safeguard these "certain rules". Does this filibuster rule qualify as one of those "certain rules"? IDK But it does open the issue up – what happens the next time the Republicans can't get a vote that they want to happen? Do they just "go nuclear"? I think it's a dangerous precedent to set regardless of political affiliation. It's never a good thing to see someone play fast and loose with established rules. Change them through reasoned debate, yes. Lash out in frustration, no.

    November 23, 2013 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  5. DJ

    Ben Franklin once said "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch". Rush's analogy is crude but on the mark. This rule change in the Senate is both harmful to the country and short sighted for the left. Sooner or late the right will be majority in the Senate again. All of you railing against Rush right now will really be gnashing your teeth then. If the right had been in the majority now and did this you would all be ready to revolt. It always amazes me that folks will tolerate the worst malfeasance from politicians as long it is their side doing it.

    November 23, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  6. A

    I have no words to express my disgust of Limbaugh's remarks. Once again he is proving he is an idiot.

    November 23, 2013 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  7. Grafted Olive Branch

    "Wrong, Rush. When the majority can change the rules that's Democracy."

    But then how do you protect the minority? If the minority has no power at all, may as well be mob rule.

    November 23, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  8. Nodack

    And Limbaugh has represented the Republicans for decades.

    November 23, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  9. John Beaton

    Why do we care what he says?? Ignore him.

    November 23, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  10. Richard

    Obamacrats are systematically eroding American democracy and all the nitwits are worried about is a non-p.c. analogy about rape?

    November 23, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  11. Apacapacas

    Rush's problem is that fewer and fewer people are listening to him, so he has to shout louder and be even more ludicrous to get the feeling that he's being heard. As more and more sponsors drop his show, more and more stations will drop him, and soon he'll be out of an audience. Maybe then he'll stand on street corners and yell that the end is coming because the Democrats won an election and want to govern the country.

    November 23, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  12. Mike

    Um...no we are not a Democracy, we are a Republic by in which everyone has a say..even the minority and the GOP never requested this rule change when they was in power...its only the Dems who want it since they believe that they will always be in power...It's funny I only hear the "death" of the GOP from the left...but the GOP doesn't go around trying to "wipe-out" the Dems...

    November 23, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  13. Jim

    Rush, shut up you are destroying the Republican Party and we do not want a one party system because none of these idiots are trust worthy. Do you think before you say dumb things or are you completely lacking of human emotion? Rape? Seriously? If you care about the party and the future of America quit demeaning women. Go cash your huge paycheck and go away. You drive independents away and give the liberal media someone to focus on instead of the disaster of a government. The Senate should be ashamed for changing the rules, but your big mouth just took the heat off them.

    November 23, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  14. Majority Rules

    As someone already pointed out Rush need some remedial Math skills but more impotantly some engish and grade school history lessons wouldnt hurt. The reality is actually when the "MINORITY can change the rules there arent any". With the Republicans filibustering in the Senate on every thing Obama does, this is exactly what happened. Now the goverment is free to work, which is exactly what the Repubs dont want. I know Rush would probably like to filibuster the previous election count too. Hmm, maybe he wants those elections to be decided by the minority too?

    November 23, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  15. Mara Tam

    what position does he hold? he is a spokesman for ...? who elected him? a sad excuse for a human being

    November 23, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  16. Jon

    I cant believe people take this guy seriously. He is all about making a buck. Mr. Limbaugh is out for Mr. Limbaugh, period. Duty, service, love and concern for country are all just props for him to make a buck. Come on, the Limbaugh Center for Advanced Conservitive Studies. Did this guy even graduate high school?

    November 23, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  17. BoTheDog

    When the repubs get back the senate they should change the rule to state that anyone registered as a democrat be required to pay triple taxes.

    November 23, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. golemmingsgo2013

    Poor rush still trying to be relavent in a world that has moved past him this just shows how out of touch he is

    November 23, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  19. Dave

    The majority vote should win

    November 23, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. JeniW

    Rushie is just an actor. I don't know why some people think he is such a wonderful and positive contributor to our country.

    November 23, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  21. myway

    Why give this loud mouth obstructionist any exposure at all. Ignore him.

    November 23, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  22. Capn Kirk

    I always like when Rush decides to demonstrate Logical Fallacies for us. This one is the False Equivalency.

    November 23, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Sarah

    This proves that Republican Party leader Rush is total brainless idiot who is leading his party into total oblivion. Keep following him Republican Party...may be we will get something done in Washington after you are gone.

    November 23, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. Buds

    Amazing how a talk show host can rile up liberals so easily. Rush has no political power or enough money to affect anything, while Obozo on the other hand has has plenty of both. Why you people hang on his every word is beyond me. By the way, I didnt see any critisism of Martin Bashir on this site, in fact I saw words of praise and approval. I thought liberals were supposed to be the most caring, compassionate people in the world. One word...hypocrisy

    November 23, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  25. Bob

    What about the GOP rule change in the House of Representative? The one they changed on October 1st that says only the Majority Leader can call for a vote rather then any member of the House of Representatives. Purposely done to prevent a vote on restarting the government after they voted to against the continuing resolution to fund the government. So even if a super majority existed to restart the government the leadership could prevent a vote from being taken. Seems like the GOP reaped what they sowed.

    November 23, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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