• In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a town hall style gathering in Woburn, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Massachusetts deserves to have full representation in the U.S. Senate by elected officials who are dedicated to advocating on behalf of their constituents and not potential voters in a presidential election.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has long been rumored to be seeking the nation’s highest office, but at a town hall in western Massachusetts Saturday, she all but confirmed it.

“I watched as Brett Kavanaugh acted like he was entitled to that position and angry at anyone who would question him,” she told a gathering in Holyoke. “I watched powerful men helping a powerful man make it to an even more powerful position. I watched that and I thought, ‘Time’s up.’ It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top. So here’s what I promise. After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president.”

After Nov. 6?

Sen. Warren is brazenly telling us that she intends to drop all commitments to the voters in Massachusetts, soon after her re-election to the U.S. Senate. All of the promises and commitments she is making now — all of the current projects and initiatives that are currently underway, they all collapse as she moves mentally, and then possibly physically, into the White House.

If Warren is re-elected, her term begins on hiatus for at least two years as she casts off the onerous Bay State and crisscrosses the country railing against Donald Trump. Having learned the lessons from Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, her road trip would likely be more tireless than we have ever seen.

If she wins in 2020, the voters in the commonwealth this year will have voted for a senator deferred for two years, and then unceremoniously canceled in 2021. At that point we would deal with the chaos surrounding a replacement for Sen. Warren, pending a special election.

If she loses in 2020 then she returns to her role as the senior senator from Massachusetts — a role she had eschewed for greater fortunes. How motivated an advocate could she possibly be at that point? Why would she work hard for an electorate that she didn’t respect? If she did, she would not have run for re-election, so that Democrats in Massachusetts could choose a nominee committed to working for them and only them for the next six years.

No one believes that Sen. Warren was suddenly inspired to run because of the Kavanaugh hearings, and the laziness of the explanation shows a certain disdain for her followers. Maybe she feels that she could stand in the middle of Brattle Street and shoot somebody and not lose any of them.

Obviously, this kind of thing is not so rare in politics but there is a consensus that politics in 2018 has hit a new low. From the executive branch to the legislative branch and even, indirectly, the judicial branch as evidenced by the Kavanaugh hearings, the climate in our discourse is contemptuous, on a good day.

Voters deserve better treatment than this, regardless of party or ideology.

We have an important election coming up on Nov. 6, not a qualifier for 2020.