Krugman is getting soft:

But that was then. Today, American workers face the worst job market since the Great Depression, with five job seekers for every job opening, with the average spell of unemployment now at 35 weeks. Yet the Senate went home for the holiday weekend without extending benefits. How was that possible?

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The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.

By the heartless, I mean Republicans who have made the cynical calculation that blocking anything President Obama tries to do — including, or perhaps especially, anything that might alleviate the nation’s economic pain — improves their chances in the midterm elections. Don’t pretend to be shocked: you know they’re out there, and make up a large share of the G.O.P. caucus

We can no longer act as if there's more than one reason for the current block on unemployment insurance for 1.2 million Americans. That one reason is the Republicans want the economy to collapse—meaning, they want Obama to fail. They have no other political or economic program than the implementation of anything that can induce this failure. They know there's no going back to Bush, they are daily seeing an unkillable spill expose to all the terrifying limits of free market fundamentalism, and they are totally aware of the fact that only in dreams can a balanced budget rise out of the current and deep recession. The hole that's left by this lack of any realistic plan or alternative has been filled by one hope: America fails.