Nick doesn't have it.
He has the opposite. He's a magnet for bad karma.
Tuition fees: Nick Cleggs fault
Apparently it's Nick Clegg who has killed the NHS. Even though it was a Tory policy initiative and it was Lib Dems who turned it into something vaguely palatable/less bad (pays your money, takes your choice). And the NHS doesn't appear to be dead
Snooping will be next. A terrible illiberal Tory proposal will be neutered by the Lib Dems - and Nick Clegg will have it hung round his neck.
And as for idea about 'owning' tax policy...,oh dear....
Now all this may or may not be terribly unfair. But it is perception - and in politics that quickly becomes fact.
Which is why Vince Cable would probably make a successful leader of the party. Because he does have that Teflon quality.
How many folk even in the party, let alone outside, blame Vince for the tuition fees debacle or even associate him with it particularly? Yet it was his policy, his decision - and I have even seen advice to him which suggested he naming it a graduate tax would save many issues, which he ignored. But Teflon like, he has got away with it.
Ditto on Murdoch. The Jeremy Hunt debacle still rumbles on months later - Vince was biased the other way, caught red handed - yet a few days later the matter is forgotten ( probably important to say I think Vince was on the side of the angels there).
This isn't a post saying 'Nick must go'. Apart from anything else, it's the wrong time in the electoral cycle to shift leader. Similarly this isn't a post saying 'Vince for leader'. although I would like to say once again 'Vince for chancellor'. We could do with some Teflon hands in No. 11 right now.
But I do think Nick is unfortunately a magnet for the wrong kind of news while Vince will let bad news slide off him.
And that's a quality the party needs to make the most of.