EDITORIAL: Biden on economy: ‘Things are looking good’

The threat of a wipeout in the midterms has worried Democrats questioning their election strategy.

For months, President Joe Biden and his party have hammered Republicans as abortion extremists who seek to jail doctors and to force women into back alleys through an outright ban on the procedure. That is indeed a radical position, although one held by only a minority of Republicans. Meanwhile, a great many Democrats embrace their own form of extremism by advocating for abortion on demand up until birth. The American public prefers something in the middle, and elected officials in both parties should respect that.

But the Democrats have been so fixated on the subject that Mr. Biden last week revealed his priority after the midterms will be passage of a federal law legalizing abortion.

Yet polls repeatedly show that Americans care more about pocketbook issues and rising crime above all else. According to The New York Times, some Democrats now worry that their emphasis on abortion was a mistake. It’s no surprise, then, that Mr. Biden late last week suddenly shifted his attention to the economy. It’s a recalibration that Republicans should relish.

Armed with the news that the economy grew an unexpected 2.6 percent in the third quarter, the president on Thursday insisted the development was proof that “things are looking good,” The Associated Press reported. “For months, doomsayers have been arguing that the U.S. economy is in a recession. … But today,” the president said, “we