Theresa May and Boris Johnson have a small cadre of parliamentary acolytes who hope their candidate will succeed David Cameron.
Senior Tories say they've road-tested today's announcement to death. There is strong voter support; it has gone down "extremely well" in the focus groups.
George Osborne sticks rigidly to the line that the Tory leadership is not shifting its position on whether there are any circumstances in which it might back an "out" vote in an "in/out" referendum.
They're waving union jacks in the hall of the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham but in a hectic high-octane three weeks of politics this flag was nearly ditched.
One minister said the truth is that the attacks that will be authorised with today's vote are one step on a ladder of 20 rungs and no one really knows what the other steps will turn out to be.
Seeking parliamentary approval before military action has brought in a new era that inhibits prime ministers in a way that would be unthinkable to their predecessors.
The idea behind Ed Miliband's speech was to make the forthcoming election a battle of the plans, and its central message was solidarity - or "the spirit of together".
Parliament could be recalled as soon as Friday for a vote on military action against Isil in their Iraqi and Syrian bases. The government is increasingly confident it has Labour on board.
Given the shock-waves still emenating from Scotland, Labour's more or less given up on getting mega publicity for more than one day this week. It's putting all its hopes in tomorrow's leader's speech.
The political fight over Scottish devolution is raging, and the Tories seem unwilling to move unless the question of English governance is answered.
David Cameron risks jeopardising a Scottish devolution project which he promised as recently as last week in a desperate bid to turn round a referendum here that was slipping away from him.
David Cameron in a statement at No. 10 promised to honour the pledges made to the Scottish people at the last moment in the referendum campaign. But he also said the millions in England must now be h
Early indications are a no win is emerging from the mists. When even the Western Isles is voting no, a bastion of nationalist support, it suggests this isn't happening for the independence supporters.
Ask supporters in either camp how they'll feel if the other lot win and the word you hear most often is "devastated". A yes supporter said she would want to slit her wrists.