On last Thursday's show he admitted he had been wrong.
Rush reported that though he had promulgated the standard conservative pundit line in attacking "third" party candidates like Gary Johnson for "stealing" votes from the GOP, polls show that Governor Johnson is actually hurting Hillary Clinton more. Friday's Politico confirmed that Clinton campaign staff are worried about Gary Johnson, and over the weekend President Obama and other surrogates begged millennial voters to stick with Clinton. Chuck Todd and other Sunday show Democrats fretted about Johnson's bleeding Hillary of young supporters.
A standard trope of conservative Republican activists for years has been that Libertarian candidates specifically and independents generally, "take" votes from Republican candidates. Even as 40% of voters stopped voting for President. A curious position where conservatives who generally oppose compulsory union membership denounced nonconforming voters as "scabs."
Liberal media outposts, like MSNBC's Morning Joe show - which usually take weeks to catch up to Rush, The Daily Caller, Drudge Report and other alternative media on campaign topics like Mrs. Clinton's emails or health - have more quickly recognized that Gary Johnson mainly hurts Hillary. Mika Brzezinski last week openly wished that Johnson's more sophisticated, East Coast patrician, seemingly liberal running mate, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, had been at the top of the ticket, as Weld, to her taste, is more progressive palatable, and would make the Libertarians bleeding Hillary of votes somewhat more intelligible. This week Morning Joe regular Carl Bernstein predicted that William Weld was going to leave the Libertarian ticket out of fear that Johnson was electing Trump, which Weld then said was wishful thinking. Though given the Clinton campaign's nervousness perhaps it was a psyop.
Earlier in the campaign, Hillary was said by Donald Trump to have been "schlonged." Last week the pro-Hillary PAC PrioritiesUSA announced a multi-million dollar digital media push to keep Hillary from feeling the Johnson:
Though polls show that Johnson is definitely serving as an electoral oasis for independents and Democrats who normally vote for the most liberal candidate, but feel that Hillary Clinton is so morally compromised as to be a bridge too far, it remains the case that Johnson may deny Trump Electoral College votes in specific states like Arizona or Utah, while pulling more popular votes from Hillary nationwide. From the standpoint of either establishment party, he's a chaos factor.