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. captcaps

    Limbaugh is a Drug addicted idiot who has a very low opinion of the Female Gender.....He is nothing more than an annoyance and a constant reminder that the Republicans have no sence of morality ......Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    November 23, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. nuclear mike

    NO different than the Democrats crying "It's a lynching" whenever they choose!!!

    November 23, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Frank Ch. Eigler

    "inflammatory comment about women"

    The story was "inflammatory about women" only to the extent that in his odd analogy, women needed more protection than simple-majority rule would offer. Shocking, wanting to protect women.

    November 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Charles

    Where is CNN's homepage article about MSNBC's Martin Bashir's recent comments suggesting that someone defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth?

    November 23, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. theyelladawg

    If people would just stop paying attention to the windbag, he'd deflate and go away. Anyone who doesn't realize that the Gang of 40 and their allies are disconnected from any reality just aren't paying attention. We need a RECALL Amendment that will allow us to get rid of politicians who are destructive – like the Tea Party crazies. Right now, we can't get rid of them for any reason – just like the Canadians can't get rid of Ford despite the fact that he's an alcoholic and a crack smoker. We can't get rid of members of Congress either. It's time we have a mechanism to do so!

    November 23, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. steve

    Relax and don't attack the (idiot) person but his logic. Or lack thereof. The GOP goal was to make sure Obama failed and they lost this round. Get over it Rush. BTW, appointing more judges in needed places is a BAD thing GOP? Thought you guys were the Family values and Justice party?

    November 23, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. olga79

    And what do you call a bunch of men who put the US economy & people's livelihood in jeopardy because they didn't get what they want? Terrorist? Or a bunch of men who won't confirm nominations? Brats? Or a bunch of men who put the World economy in jeopardy because they don't want to raise the debt ceiling? Selfish & arrogant? We are now at a point of the only way things are going get done in this country is by desperate measures.

    November 23, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. xxtra

    How about abortion or gay marriage or voter rights? You don't like the rape analogy, change it to something you want protected. Rush Limbaugh used women and rape because he believes women should be protected and cherished but when majority rules changes the rules there are no rules. You despise the ssenger. You can't hear or see the message. He who has ears let him hear.

    November 23, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Allen


    "When the majority can change the rules that's Democracy" Yes, which is precisely why the U.S. is a Republic. Democracy is mob rule. The majority gets what it wants without listening to the minority. Precisely why the U.S. is NOT a democracy but rather a Republic.

    November 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. mindstorms1

    Didn't the majority GOP house members change the rules when they tried to shut down the government?

    November 23, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Roland

    The scenario doesn't even make sense. The majoity is the democrats and they are changing the rule so that 6 out of 4 people would win the vote. NOT JUST 1 out of six rules over 4.

    November 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. ebzoky

    You guys are in love with Rush Limbaugh, and no one does more than you to publicize him and bring him new listeners. There are some media that have principles. You guys do not. If you did, you would simply shun Limbaugh, not speak about him. I suppose you think it is your public duty to bring the news about him?

    November 23, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. TransitDave

    Ah, but the fact remains that the republicans huffed and puffed about changing the rules when they were in the majority, but never did it. So don't try to say that the republicans would have done it, because that is manifestly untrue. And, like the Obamacare fiasco, the democrats own the consequences of this power grab. Rush does have a point, though, about how the rules got changed under the new rules (51%) versus the old rules (60%)

    November 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Jo

    5 is not a majority of 10
    6 is a simple majority of 10

    November 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Bobby Ray

    Allowing votes on Presidential appointments is EXACTLY like rape? This drug addled bozo is SO far out of the mainstream that this analogy sounds reasonable to him? I have to question the intelligence of Limbaugh and his audience.

    November 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Chukch

    The conservative right has lost their keen ability to understanding present day thinking within their own racial make-up!

    November 23, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Dori

    I don't recall too many Republican objections when the House changed their rules at the end of September. You know, the one where only the current Speaker could bring a bill up for a vote.

    November 23, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Joe

    This change appears to make all Democrats very happy. What if the Democrats lose the Senate in 2014? This was a stupid move and one hell of a gamble.

    November 23, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. frontgatee

    EVERYONE, even ditto-heads, know that Limbaugh is an idiot. So, why, would this make the news?

    November 23, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. bobr431

    Rush needs to take more of his drugs,a lot more. He's the biggest idiot in the Republican Party, not to say they all aren't.

    November 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Dan in FL

    The problem is that Rush's analogy is not even logical. The recent Senate rules change does not apply to the normal legislative process, only to judicial (except Supreme Court) and executive branch nominations made by the President. People need to get their news and analysis from thoughtful and knowledgable sources, not those who make money by stirring the pot through misrepresentations and emotional appeals.

    November 23, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. Steve

    I think he's illustrating the difference between democracy. e.g. 'mob rule' and a representative republic. The latter, being the form of government we have and the ideal that we should aspire to only works with a proper moral and ethical base of the participants, protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

    November 23, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Debra Inglefield

    More drivel from the drug-addled. Why anyone would give this clown a nano-second of attention is beyond me.

    November 23, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Taylor

    The Senate were just a bunch of clueless idiots before genius Harry Reid came along and figured out what Democracy was. Government can't work unless Obama gets whatever he wants. Kind of stupid that we have a senate in the first place.

    November 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. PtBarnumBoy

    I like to listen to Rush just to see how he is able to use language to distort, confuse, and justify his (if they really are) opinions/beliefs but this time he really missed the mark. One has to wonder if he is back on the oxycodone or perhaps has transitioned to hard drugs.

    November 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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