In a triumph of political conference organisation, the LibDems have succeeded in not changing the public perception of their party by one iota. The public's view of the party remains vague - a sort of slightly leftish, greenish collection of village-dwelling middle classes and lecturers at former polytechnics, wearers of natural fabrics and clients of the weekly Veg Box companies; a comfortable, inoffensive, sensible, cardigan-wearing sort of party with flat heels. The LibDems allow voters to be involved in politics without being, well, Political.
Yet this something-for-everyone party goes into the election with the very real prospect of being the largest party in opposition, displacing Labour and taking pole position opposite the Treasury benches. It's possible that Clegg will enjoy the grasp of the dispatch box as he quizzes Cameron at PM's questions whilst the next Labour leader struggles to make themselves noticed from a distant seat halfway to the door.
For the next election will throw all the old certainties into the air and no one knows where they will land.