Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Is Not Good At Analogies

Apparently concerned that Mitt Romney hadn’t gone quite far enough in criticizing the administration’s response to the recent violence in Libya and Egypt, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R- AZ) has decided to take the hostility one step further.

We know what you’re probably thinking: Nazi comparison, right? It’s always a Nazi comparison when Republicans decide to go for the full, Defcon-1 Derp. But no, sorry — good guess — but you are incorrect this time. Try again.

What’s that?  Did you just guess “B. Terrible Rape Analogy”? Yes??? Then come on down and collect your prize: a lifetime of cynicism. Yayyyyyy, you are both correct and disillusioned with our political leaders.

Let’s have a look at what Sen. Kyl actually said about the U.S.’s alleged apology for the anti-Islamic video:

It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK? That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done — what I don’t know — but it’s your fault that it happened.’

Okay, several things are wrong with this, Jon. First of all — rule of thumb — no rape analogies. Rape analogies, much like rape jokes, tend to be dangerous territory, especially when you’re a dude, and double-especially when you’re a dude who voted to end the Violence Against Women Act  and twice voted in favor of criminalizing abortion with no exception for rape.

Secondly, this analogy makes no sense. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo was the one that was under attack (“raped”) and was also the one that made the statement condemning the anti-Islamic video (“blaming the victim”).  Also? The U.S. Embassy in Cairo made the statement condemning the anti-Islamic video before the attacks were ever even launched.

In other words, if Kyl were making an analogy based on the actual facts as they transpired, it would go something like this: A woman  spots some suspicious men hanging out in a dark parking lot, blurts out “Sorry, I don’t have any cash on me!!” — and then gets raped anyway. And then you, Jon Kyl, are outraged that this woman “apologized” to her attacker before the rape was ever even initiated.


6 Responses to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Is Not Good At Analogies

  1. toosmarttovoteGOP


    Like any "good" Republicon, such arcane concepts as facts, logic, reality, truth, etc. are for suckers.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      Facts don't always make snappy talking points. It's much easier without them.

  2. Tracey


    Hey, don't knock it. This statement makes it sound like he actually cares about women being raped. The irony is that this guy would probably be the first one to tell a rape victim that she asked for it because she dressed so slutty.

  3. Dee


    Defcon 5 is the least severe setting; I think you meant Defcon 1.

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Linda the Dolt


      Damn you with your facts and accurate information!!

      /Thanks, corrected.

  4. Farmer Ted


    Not sure if using "rule of thumb" in an article criticizing someone for not supporting the Violence Against Women Act is the is the best choice of phrases.