The Republican playbook
Democrats won in 2006 and 2008 because Bush messed up and the economy was a mess. Also Katrina and Iraq.
So what did the Republicans learn? When the economy is a mess the incumbent party loses power. So clearly to the Republicans, they needed to do whatever necessary to mess up the economy even more.
It seemed to me that initially the Republicans were worried that Obama would try to be FDR 2.0 and were determined to block his actions. Clearly they need not have worried. Obama does not seem to think that unemployment is a serious political problem for him and he might even be correct.
Anyway now the Republicans are in full Lex Luthor mode, that is why Republican governors are turning down money for public works jobs. It isn't just to irritate hippies, it is because they don't want jobs. They want the economy to tank, or more accurately their billionaire owners want the economy to tank as a way of bringing down Obama as well as creating additional union busting and other disaster capitalism opportunities.