A THREAD on the Doom Loop Of "Relevance"

Lowry thinks that Cheney is making a mistake because she may lose her ability to influence the future of the Republican party. (1)

This is, of course a familiar argument: it’s the age-old rationalization of courtiers, time servers, and trimmers of all sorts, who convince themselves that the Greater Good is served by staying in the room.

But it's a circular argument. (2)
They tell themselves that they need to stay in the room, so they that can sound the alarm, but they refuse to sound the alarm so they can stay in the room.

This is where Lowry’s argument becomes a doom loop: (3)
Cheney wants to influence her party not to be crazy.

But Lowry argues that she should not warn the party against being crazy… because that lessens her ability to influence the party to be less crazy. (4)
Cheney wants to influence her party to not embrace lies and sedition. But, Lowry says, if she denounces lies and sedition she will lose a seat at the table where the party decides whether it will embrace lies and sedition. (5)

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