After more than two centuries, the list of cabinet nominees to be either rejected by the U.S. Senate or withdrawn from nomination is on the order of once per decade. Many of those who failed to make it into office had a brush with allegations of criminality — including President Donald Trump's onetime Labor secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, who withdrew his name from consideration early last year after charges of wage theft, sexual harassment and spousal abuse came to light. By tradition, the Senate does not reject a nominee because a majority disagrees with that individual politically or on specific policy grounds; the decision focuses more on qualifications and ability to do the job.Late Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unexpectedly voted in favor of nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, averting what had appeared al likely violation of that past practice thanks to a last-minute change of heart by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. That was the right, if painful, decision. Much as we believe many of the criticisms of the former CIA director are justified — primarily that he is too hawkish for a president who already seems to veer alarmingly toward the hawkish side himself —they do not rise to disqualification. In essence, opponents are using the nomination to attack President Trump's own inexperience and "my generals" militarism.