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. Brian

    I certainly don't defend hardly anything Rush says. I listen to him occasionally on AM when I feel like it. His delivery is usually over the top.
    For all his faults, if you listen to the message and ignore his BS....his political analysis is usually on point. He has been warning about the canceled ACA plans for 5 years. There have been many Rush predictions that have come true.

    November 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. SolidGop

    It's funny, the DEMOCRATS used the SAME ANALOGY in 2005 when President Bush and the Senate were threatening the same thing. But no one seemed to get upset then.

    ...I wonder why.

    November 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. TheSadTruth

    I wont say the GOP uses fillibuster more or less than the Dems. I don't care. It's a delaying tactic, and at the rate the U.S. is sliding into oblivion I say NO ONE gets to use fillibuster- it serves no purpose but to delay the inevitable. Just get rid of filibusters altogether.

    November 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. ECjr

    Shame on CNN for trying to make Rush's remark into a big deal when they say nothing about Martin Bashir's vile rant. This is just an attempt to shape people's thinking where there is no controversy as compared to a stupid analogy. So what. The liberals have made the war on women a topic but they don't walk the walk, just talk. Every lib should be screaming over Bashir's remarks on Palin but they write this dribble instead. NOW is even more embarrassing.

    November 23, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. bruceisrael

    I know reasoning isn't Rush's strong suit, but as a direct consequence of his argument, does he REALLY think that rape would therefore be ok if there were seven men and three women and all the men were in favor of it?

    November 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. apw

    Seriously Liberals....its the perfect analogy...there are no rules anymore in the senate. If they can just go change them whenever they want to suit whatever they want...then there are no rules....serioulsy, this isnt rocket science, its quite simple actually. far as rush putting women down, i guess im not seeing it, it was an example. He was not advocating the rape of women....he was using it as an example of how majority can change the rules....was it extreme, sure as hell it was...but it made the point....actually I believe that it made two points...the other being how the government is raping the american people, and they are changing the rules to suit their way of doing it any time or any way they want to. To bad all the liberal Obamaroids cant see the big picture insted of dancing around the truth.

    November 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. scarf

    Limbaugh doesn't understand the difference between basic human rights and parliamentary procedure. Why does anyone care what he thinks?

    November 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. RamboJohnJ

    Keep opening your mouth Rush... We all need something to laugh at.

    November 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Sam Osborne

    With a mouthpiece like Limbaugh, those who are all ears to his tune do not need the accompany skull to house a nonexistent brain. However, they may need something to prop up their ears and avoid looking like a poor hound dog ever in search of a bone of contention.

    Arf, arf but not so funny; members of Rush’s Reich will always be barking up the wrong tree as with his totally distorted sense of the plight of suffers of rape.

    November 23, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Daniel

    Every time Rush speaks it is a mental rape of America.

    November 23, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Jim

    For all you silly libs attacking Rush – must suck he was right about obama being a lying fraud about his healthcare scheme!

    November 23, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Tony Torres

    Other than bigots and looney toons, I can not understand why any normal,sensible and commons sense person would listen and actually believe the garbage this IDIOT spews. It is the mentality that should be in question, if these people really listen to the crap this man throws around. I guess we are stuck with this moron until his sponsors wake up and demand his ouster. Until then we a out of luck because of that I refuse to turn my radio on to listen to this mental person.

    November 23, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Peter

    Rush's ratings have been slipping and the average age of his listener is in their late 60s.

    He is irrelevant.

    November 23, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. VEW2012

    Why are we talking about this capricious, classless, clueless, charlatan, anyway?

    November 23, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. freeman

    So, we are officially in the USA under the tyranny of the majority

    November 23, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. RG

    Rush doesn't know jack about anything. I never take anything he says seriously. He is the poster child for the tea party.

    November 23, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Ben

    Once again Rush proves that there is no limit to (his own) stupidity.

    November 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Arlen

    What goes around comes around....

    November 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. haddock

    Another great example of Rush's remarkable level of self awareness and intellectual nuance. He is, indeed, the voice of the far right.

    November 23, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. haddock

    Leave it to a man who has had six families to be a shining example of family values. Practice makes perfect.

    November 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. ztarbod

    Limbaugh's comment wasn't inflammatory toward women, it was inflammatory toward democrats. The democrats deserve it.

    November 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Rick

    CNN hasn't said a peep about Martin Bashir saying someone should defacate into Sarah Palin's mouth. Nor did they fain outrage when Anderson Cooper continually called Tea party members "Tea Baggers". So cry me a river liberals. Keep up the good work Rush.

    November 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Methos

    "When the majority can change the rules there aren't any."

    Is that what these people were saying when they were using majority rules to push ballot initiatives to support their issues (such as banning gay marriage), which they have tried in just about every state?

    The guy just needs to fill air time and doesn't have enough to say. That's how he ends up going off on these idiot comments. Someone please explain to me why anyone would listen to this.

    November 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Frank Gerber

    Rush has made a lot of money with faux outrage, and making money is the primary good in Amerca, isn't it?

    November 23, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. WillyNilly

    Why would anyone listen to Limbaugh?... He's a moron..... but some people do and that's what makes his words so troubling.

    November 23, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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