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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  1. rla

    sorry but the PC police are wrong– this anology is very close to the truth except it is America that will be raped by the progressives with the same sort of social trama– progressives do not understand republic and how the framers expected honest men to preserve it

    November 23, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. Merle McClung

    This is the GOP pundit and this is how low the GOP has fallen. That Limbaugh has a following at all is an insult to America, that the GOP encourages his rants puts Republicans in the same slime. The GOP could shut him down with a word, but they won't give it. Shows how much respect the GOP really has for this country.

    November 23, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. Mashenka

    Rush is a brilliant journalist – there is a reason he has the highest ratings on the radio and there is nothing libs can do about it, he is entertaining and lovable.

    November 23, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Tony

    He is spot on!. Sometimes you have to use disturbing analogy to get id iots to understand what has just happened. Eventually, it will be returned. Lets see after the 14' elections if Dingy Harry still thinks this is a good idea. I say he switches it back just before then...

    November 23, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  5. Paul

    Besides the offensive analogy, his logic, as always, is faulty. If the woman had always two guys who voted against the proposal, how did the minority get the one vote they needed to change the rule? The fact is that in Congress it was the minority that raped the people.

    November 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. 1Bigboy

    Of course Rush employes twisted logic to make his argument. The problem with his so called analogy is his own rule change would allow less than a majority to decide and that is not the case in the Senate. Apparently Rush believes 60 is 6 and 51 equals 5 which is absurd. A simple majority in the Senate is 51 votes.............not 50.

    November 23, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. J R Brown

    When a simple majority can change the rules, that might be a democracy but we are not a democracy and never have been. We are a republic.

    Our system of government was specifically set up by the Founding Fathers to defeat a simple democracy...because they feared the tyranny of the majority would be no different than a tyrannical king.

    The Democrats have, yet again, revealed they don't honor our system of government in the least and only care about corrupting it and morphing it into something they can control.

    It's sad that you don't trust your ideology enough to believe that people will support it and use corruption to gain a stranglehold on power.

    November 23, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. John C

    What's o funny isn't the wide right side of Rush, it's the fact that if Rush speaks it makes front page news at CNN, if Martin Bashir wishes someone would defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth, silence. It's the blatant hypocrisy of most Democrat efforts which are primarily vote pandering cloaked in common good. The #1 thing Republicans want is fiscal responsibility. Try doing a story about that CNN.

    November 23, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  9. likeAplan

    Rush is still the king of's in his job description to say incendiary things...and it has been working 20 plus years, so why should he stop. This ain't the first time, and it won't be the last, so long as his name is bantered about.

    November 23, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Michael Q

    And America continues to vote for these 'reasoned' Conservative values. Pity!

    November 23, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  11. likeAplan

    When speaking negatively for 20 plus years, does this have an mental affect on a person?

    November 23, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. bob

    Maybe we should apply the rule change to THIS radio announcer. I'm sure we (the population of the US) could get a majority vote to pull his broadcast license. I hate to tell him the obvious, but the founders of this country built in a system to change the rules for a reason...either when they no longer applied, or when one group was abusing them.

    November 23, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. likeAplan

    "When the majority can change the rules there aren't any." If there is a rule that a rule can be changed, how does this come to mean that there are no rules? Plus, a majority whether it is by 1 or 25, it's still a majority....I don't get Rush's point.

    November 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. snowdogg

    Does ANYTHING Rush says really matter?

    November 23, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. Harry J

    Very good analogy. The extreme feminist democrats are foaming at the mouth!

    November 23, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Harris

    Sounds like Rush is correct,doesn't it?

    November 23, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  17. MJ

    The analogy is spot on. What else do you call what the politicians are doing to this country? Both sides really.

    November 23, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. Glen

    Wish I could here these same liberals in a coupe of years when the shoe is on the other foot. They will say it is unfair and world ending just like they did in 2008. Big group of hypocrites!!!

    November 23, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. jcm

    When the majority can change the rules there are no checks and balances anymore. Call it what you want. Eventually the shoe will be on the other foot and the whining and crying from Dems will make Limbaugh's comment poignant. Read the Imperial Presidency if you know how. It was written about Nixon but applies to what is happening today. Get a clue dude. If your guys ideas are so cool why the lies?

    November 23, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. DanE

    "Friday’s analogy isn’t Limbaugh’s first inflammatory comment about women."

    His comment wasn't about women, and if it was inflammatory about anyone, it was inflammatory about men. The radical Left is preprogrammed to hear want it wants to hear. The strategy is to change the subject by calling the speaker names.

    November 23, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  21. Donnie the Lion

    Rape and bestiality are rape and bestiality...Time for conservatives to stop using them in comparative terms to anything else.

    November 23, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  22. Robert M. II

    Who cares what Rush Limbaugh has to say.

    November 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Whirly

    Rush Limbaugh? Someone still listens to him? Is he still on the air? Thought he was still in rehab dealing with his hypocrisy.

    November 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  24. peavey

    I'm pretty sure The Republican Party was happy using their simple majority of 50-49 during the early 2000's.


    November 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. Brian

    Am I the only one who noticed that in his example 60% vote to allow something, and in the Senate, before the change, it required 60 votes (60%) to break a filibuster? You are an idiot Rush.

    November 23, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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