Plenty of Dems I knew were happy to take advantage of the economic crisis in 08 so they could get control of the WH. Doesn't mean they were rooting for it, but they were happy about the political consequences. In fact Obama's Chief of Staff explained the Dem philosophy on the matter "never let a crisis go to waste."
I think Republicans are predicting that the effect of Obama's agenda will be another four years of awful economic conditions - and that might be the only way to fix things. Just doing enough to keep moving the problem out a year or two, but growing its size is a dumb move:
1. makes the problem worse when you deal with it
2. helps the other side politically
In terms of the job numbers - please correct for work force size. They were not good numbers. If you don't understand why, I will gladly sell you a 2020 dollar for a 2012 dollar a couple thousand times over.
I do think one positive from a macro perspective is that employers now know what to expect. Going into the election a Romney presidency might have meant serious changes (positive, but changes nonetheless) now with certainty they can move ahead with their plans. The net effect of Obama's policies is still to retard economic growth and employment. (And in a delicious twist of poo also to require massive inflationary policy by the FED to keep the treasury propped up.)