His prize is the post of Scottish Secretary - that anathema of a position that has no real place in post-devolution Scotland - a post that true Liberal Democrat Federalist Principles might well feel to be inappropriate and irrelevant. In fact, a post that the man himself said should be abolished!
But for Danny, this is surely the most poisoned of chalices. It is Alexander's Rag-Bag band who stridently called for the A9 dualling to be brought forward quicker than the SNP Government could possibly afford; it was this same politician who has called for the Scottish Government to pay for the final section of the Inverness Trunk Link Road - yet Lib Dem policy - as set down by this same man - calls for savage cuts in road building. And his new found friends are looking to achieve £6 billion in spending cuts this year alone. How will Danny square the circle? How will he now balance the interests of his own constituency in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey with the needs of the coalition? Let him try to tell constituents that it's not his fault - it's the Tories - or even less likely, that it's Labour's fault. In the words of Roosevelt all those years ago, let him tell that to the marines.
Only time will tell if the Lib Dems have sold their collective soul to the Devil, but for Danny, judgement day may come sooner than he might wish.