I understand your objection. Still, it is a courtesy that has been extended to every Senator nominated for a century. Republicans paid then-Senator Hillary Clinton this respect when she was nominated for Secretary of State.
There are few traditions that survive this long in America. I’m just sad to see it go. It’s a nice idea better suited for the ideal of a politics that is about governing rather than the partisan bloodsport it has now becomr.
Elizabeth Warren, like Donald Trump, thrives on conflict and stoking grievances. A couple years ago, Ted Cruz tried to pull the same stunt when he called McConnell a liar on the floor. Then, no one took the bait. Warren managed to wear them down. It took her nearly an hour of baiting them, but she finally got what she wanted. It was a masterstroke. She raised a quarter million dollars in 24 hours and put herself to the front of Dem. primary field.
When I served in the Senate, no Senator on either side would ever remotely considered doing something like this. The vote to force her to take her seat would have been 99–0. But these are different times. This is where our public discourse is headed. Rather than a contest not of ideas, a competition between populist demagogues to raise the biggest mob.