He is relatively unknown and by general consensus stands very little chance of making it all the way to number 10, the Prime Minister's official residence. His party, the Liberal Democrats, has for decades has been viewed politically as second class citizens lorded over by the dominant Labour and Conservative parties, and at best were seen as a junior partners to whomever emerged as the leader.
Last night technology may have changed all that. Britain's first election debate on TV gave Nick Clegg an equal platform with the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Conservative opposition leader David Cameron and boy did he make the most of it.
His charisma, poise and composure marked him as the clear winner form the debate.
Like Obama's coming of age moment in Iowa, Nick Clegg has seized the the baton in this race, the question is can he carry it all the way to the finish line.
Yes it might sound crazy, a Liberal Democrat Prime Minister but that's what they said about Obama and unlike in America where it was a seemingly endless marathon the British election campaign is a quick sprint and it will be all other by May 6, making it easy to sustain early momentum.
Prime Minister Nick Clegg anyone? Or is just a pipe dream....