All leaders draw on Trust and Hope as their power. This is the miracle of the Obama campaign. Trust and Hope is what Roosevelt offered in dark times. It was the heart of Churchill's message in 1941. Often, this is all a leader can offer - sometimes we can only trust and hope in ourselves and in destiny.
When a leader loses that, like Lyndon Johnson or Nixon, they lose everything. No matter how able they are, no matter how clearly they see the challenges, they do not have the support to act.
So the real task of a political leader is act in such a way that Trust and Hope are not lost but sustained and grown.
You don't have to be right all the time. You don't have to be clever. You can have secrets but you have to be straight.
What you don't want is to have this trust undermined inadvertently. This is what is happening on PEI right now.