Edgar Savisaar, the man people love to hate, the bete noire of...just about everyone in Estonia not in Savisaar's Tammany Hall-like political machine, has in his old age embarked on a wave of self-publicity.
All of a sudden, he's everywhere.
He's using city funds to buy airtime on the Kalev TV channel. (Because of technical problems with the telephone lines, the first show was free for him.)
When it comes to lower-cost promotion, Savisaar, once known as Estonia's most press-unfriendly politician, now has a blog at savisaar.blog.com. (Damn, why did no one think to tie up that URL with a site similar to gwbush.com?)
Also in the news this week: He's late for the ferry coming back from Saaremaa, so what happens? The ferry, which is a quarter of the way to the mainland, comes back for him. This is at least the second time, documented in the press, that this has happened. What is he doing on Saaremaa in the first place?
Who is this man? How did he get his power? How come I don't have it? Is it the way he doesn't move his mouth when he talks? Jedgar, Tricky Dick, Huey Long, Boss Tweed -- he's been compared to many legends from American history. Is there some truth to it?
And if, say, Ansip can go from a communist functionary to the PM from a right-leaning party, could Savisaar by the time he turns 65, become..likeable?