An applicant I know vehemently opposes the character and politics of one of our senators. The idea of applying for a nomination from that source is causing a visceral reaction. He can't imagine how he would feel if he did receive a nomination from someone he completely disrespects. Even though it would take out a potential nomination, is he justified in not applying to that source? He has no problem with the idea that in the military he would be under the authority of the President, the Commander in Chief, even if he disagreed with his or her politics. I hold the same opinion about the senator that he does, but somehow avoiding that nomination source doesn't seem like a good strategy. Seems like it could potentially keep out a fine young man who might make a difference by countering the beliefs and issues held by the senator.