Signs like today’s “unexpected” jump in jobless claims and inflation?

(The Hill) — Rep. Barney Frank says GOP is hoping bad economy will weigh down President Obama in 2012.

Republicans “hate” signs of any economic recovery because they’re hoping a weak economy weighs down President Obama politically in 2012, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Wednesday night.

Frank, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, said that the GOP was “frantic” about signs of an economic recovery, because they could strengthen Obama’s political standing going into his 2012 reelection.

“You know, for the last year, every month, we’ve seen more private sector jobs,” Frank said Wednesday evening on MSNBC. “And, by the way, that`s one of the things the Republicans are frantic about.”