In light of the recent allegations against various political candidates: We're always willing to extend grace to those whom we approve of ... and we're always quick to dole out judgment to those we do not. Isn't it contrary to whole spirit of grace? Doesn't it seem ridiculous that just because a candidate is Republican, or as-long-as-he's-not-a-Democrat, or a Democrat, Independent, or whatever ... we are more inclined to show them the benefit of the doubt. Its so easy to swing from "well, those were his young days, everyone makes mistakes" to "well, what he did when he was younger is indicative of what type of character he has formed today."
I'll be impressed when candidates refrain from doing smear-campaigns and are up-front about their weaknesses and what they're doing to address them.