The Huffington Post UK had a little dig through the video archives and managed to splice together a slideshow for you that seems to suggest anything but.
From rivals to friends to rivals again.
All in less than two years. Oh well, surely the next two years must be better, right?
Pre-election economy debate April 15, 2010
Two things you may not believe. 1. Nick Clegg, for one brief, fleeting and glorious moment, was really popular. His performance in this debate gave a massive boost to the Lib Dems in the polls and gave the whole race a kick up the behind. 2. Clegg and Cameron were rivals <em>before</em> they were in a coalition together.
Cameron welcomes Clegg to Downing Street May 12, 2010
Imagine you live in a house that's ok, not great, just ok. Now imagine you have this "mate", who you don't really like but you've got to hang round with him because your mates are mates with his mates and your wives get on, that kind of thing. Now imagine that this "mate" that you secretly can't stand has a really, <em>really</em>, nice house that you would absolutely love and he invites you round. I'm pretty sure that's how Clegg felt here.
The Downing Street Rose Garden May 12, 2010
Cameron once called Clegg his favourite joke. Ouch. Obviously that came back to haunt him pretty quick. The funniest thing about this clip though isn't the joke, it's the harrowing and completely un-heart-felt cry of "come back!" from Cameron.
Birmingham Mar 24, 2011
Without the patience to wait for the seven-year-itch, Cameron and Clegg instead let 11 months pass before letting the cracks appear. After a rather heated debate, Clegg could be heard commenting to Cameron that if they carried on like this they wouldn't have anything left to argue about.
Leveson Inquiry November 29, 2012
In a hugely symbolic move, Clegg insisted on making a separate statement on the findings of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards. Although the Government insisted it did not represent "a massive split or disagreement", few could fail to see the significance.