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Well, "get used to it" means more than getting used to the Center Party being in power.It means get used to being independent. And honestly, I personally would take Savisaar over any Estonian Soviet leader anyday - other than of course Rüütel himself.
Hev you noticed that the KESK guys always wear blue suits, but the rightwing guys - Reform and Isamaa especially - always wear black suits.Is there any reason for that?
The one mystery for me is, if Ruutel isn't a candidate, how does he get introduced as one in the second round??
And I'll be interested in what you have to say when the parliamentary elections come around!
The one mystery for me is, if Ruutel isn't a candidate, how does he get introduced as one in the second round?? I think Rüütel is a pretty smart guy. But he is old and his main lifeline of political support - Eestimaa Rahvaliit - is in decline.Just three years ago they managed to get 13 percent of the vote. Most polls taken these days will make them a Social Democrat-sized minority in government by 2007.They are all fighting for their careers. What are they going to do if they lose? They are desperate in that way and they'll do anything to stay in power.It's the same old story.
I'd like to add that when I say Rüütel is old, I mean that he has few peers of his age in government.Rüütel is a generation or two older than most elected officials. I mean he's fifty years older than the mayor of Tallinn! That means his political future is at the mercy of guys that are 25 years younger than him. I don't know how old you are, cr, but imagine your career was dependant on guys that were 25 years younger than you? I'm only 26. If I were Arnold Rüütel, my Edgar Savisaar and Villu Reiljan would be infants at this time.I think that's why the public feels disconnected to him as well. Because he doesn't have a whole bench of people - editors, authors, academics, etc. - like Ilves might have that are willing to go out and sell the people about their candidate.