Politico: Crist's GOP campaign one of the worst of 2010
But like Specter, Crist had severe liabilities from the start -- and did even less than Specter to address them. His open support for the stimulus bill and literal hug of President Barack Obama enraged the GOP base -- not since Joe Lieberman embraced George W. Bush has one image so defined a Senate campaign. Crist's efforts to reconnect with the party faithful were either transparently political (announcing he'd oppose Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation) or inept (denying he'd offered full support for the Recovery Act, before conceding that he had). The fact that Crist is actually more viable running without a party is a testament to his disastrous performance as a GOP primary candidate.