John Reid's ego knows no bounds. He now seriously believes he will inherit from Tony Blair. He won't. He believes his tough guy approach will win him plaudits and will ultimately result in him turning the Home Office round. It won't. He believes his successful sidelining of John Prescott over the last few days will win him the admiration and respect of Labour Party members. It won't.
Over the last few months John Reid has lost what hew friends he had in the Cabinet. Only diehard Blairites like Tessa Jowell would still support him in a leadership contest. Even Blair-ultra Charlie Falconer has fallen out with him.
Not only that, but he has alienated many Labour backbenchers with his macho style and on-the-hoof policy making. His predecessors, David Blunkett and Charles Clarke are steadily spreading poison about him among Labour MPs, who apparently need little encouragement to launch into vitriolic attacks on the good Doctor.
Today's revelations in the Mail on Sunday seem to show that Reid has used this week's terrorist plot for his own political ends. Now that really would be unlike a Blairite, wouldn't it?
The fact of the matter is that John Reid has alienated the Cabinet, annoyed Labour MPs, betrayed the trade unions and irritated Labour Party members. Not exactly the way to win a leadership contest, is it?