The ambitious Lib Dem is positioning himself as the "continuity candidate" in a future leadership contest.
Policies such as cutting the top rate of tax, reducing NHS spending and introducing for-profit free schools are politically toxic.
With each week, the party is giving more power and responsibility to individuals to shape their own destiny - the essence of liberalism.
Next week, the Deputy PM needs some pointed barbs, a few more jokes and a lot more passion.
The Deputy PM's pragmatic case for the EU gave him the edge over the tetchy UKIP leader.
The average British voter is not convinced by the case for the EU, nor persuaded that we would be better off out.
Clegg's party has lost more than 500,000 voters to Farage since 2010.
With the Tories refusing to rule out another increase, Clegg's party will soon need to decide where it stands.
The reforming pensions minister is in the frame for the post of Lib Dem economic chief.
Lord Oakeshott and the liberal Centre Forum are demanding a cut in the National Insurance threshold, rather than another cut in income tax.