10 Acts of Madness By Right Wingers This Week -- Limbaugh's Rape Fantasies Edition
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There were lots of right-wing lunacies tossed around throughout the Conservoverse this week, but first on that filibuster thing:
1. Rush Limbaugh managed to compare the change in the filibuster rule to rape
We have a sneaking suspicion that Rush Limbaugh is looking for an excuse to talk about rape. Just a hunch. Sure enough, a rape analogy popped into this profoundly misogynistic man’s mind to explain his objection to the change in the filibuster rule. Here he is, playing the role of what he and his gullible listeners think is an eminently reasonable man:
“Let’s forget the Senate for a minute. Let’s take 10 people in a room . . . six men and four women. OK? 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. 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. Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was the 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. 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 anything.”
It’s a million kinds of wrong, starting with the presumption, when push comes to shove, men just want to rape women. Can you say “projection?”
h/t Media Matters
2. Sorry, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is just a complete idiot
The background: In a recent interview with the BBC, Oprah, the “Queen of all Media,” said something mildly controversial and mildly hurtful to old white racists. And, boy did Fox News have a conniption.
Talking about President Obama, Oprah had the audacity to suggest that, “There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”
That was bad enough, but it was this next part that really shook the Faux Newsians. She said that the issue of racism is largely generational. Specifically, she said that cultural prejudice in the U.S. will largely recede after the last generation of individuals have died off.
“I said this, you know, for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own, you know, community in the South — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die," Winfrey said.
Ooh, that hurts. Because Fox News has some young white people, and they’re still racist. So what’s their excuse? Supposedly, they were not marinated in racism. They chose this way of seeing things.
Well, there was all sorts of frothing and foaming, and no one was frothier than Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who warned Oprah Winfrey that she “undermines racism” by pointing out that some of President Barack Obama’s critics disliked him because of the color of his skin.