EDITORIAL: John Dean returned to rescue Democratic dreams, and flubbed it


Some memories, especially painful ones, have the power to bring the past back to life with the clarity of a pointed dagger. That’s why House Democrats dusted off the figure of John Dean, the Watergate whistle-blower, and set him before the American public. In their relentless campaign to destroy Donald Trump and his presidency, they reckoned that Mr. Dean would demonstrate a link between the Donald and Tricky Dick. In the event it was a bridge to nowhere. The novelist Thomas Wolfe said it best: “You can’t go home again.”

Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats, who control the partisan machinery of the U.S. House of Representatives, claim a responsibility to hold the president accountable for every misdeed in office. But their strategy of resist, rage and rout was set the moment the 2016 presidential election was called. At the invitation of Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Dean,

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