If forced to pick, whom do you take?
For elegance of prose style, I take George Will. For ruthless sheer rightness and cool application of reason, I take Charles Krauthammer.
As a TV presence, a tie.
Overall, I give a slight nod to Will because of the gem-like beauty of his occasional non-political columns. His writings on things like the birth of his children, his son’s Down syndrome, literature, walking–these are small masterpieces in the art of the English essay.