4. Tom Sietsema: The food critic is quick with his wit and on top of restaurant openings, chef comings and goings and hosts can’t-miss weekly chats on Wednesdays. My only complaint is that he doesn’t get to enough restaurants on the Hill.
That’s a good complaint to have — maybe the hiring of Tim Carmanwill double the Post’s restaurant reviews. It is truly rare for a critic to be a talented writer, reporter, prolific Tweeter and maintain his anonymity, though Eater.com did post a picture of him a few months ago. When Tom gives a restaurant a good review, the joint gets crowded quickly. That is truly the best praise for a food critic. I have a peculiar feeling he will leave the paper soon, as many of the great writers have. As a personal favor, Tom, please stay on for a few more years.
5. Adam Kilgore: This Nationals beat writer must never sleep. He is on top of everything, and this is while covering a bad baseball team. Can you imagine if the Nationals ever get good?
Kilgore followed in the steps of Chico Harlan, another excellent writer that told Washingtonian he didn’t want to be a sports writer and eventually decamped for a foreign beat. Our gain. Kilgore can turn a phrase, but perhaps most important for a baseball writer, is prolific and understands statistics. The players talk to him, too, meaning Dan Steinberg can stick to the Albert Haynesworth beat.
6. Dana Milbank: It was disappointing to learn earlier this year that the Washington Sketch master was moving to the editorial page. On the bright side, he deserves it. Milbank is a seriously gifted writer, able to make fun of anyone and everyone in a wry way that still exudes intelligence.
In his takedown of Larry Summers last week, he described Obama’s former economic advisor in this way:
Summers’s final performance was very much in character. He arrived 10 minutes late for the speech, his suit jacket open, his shirt pulling tightly at the buttons, his suitpants stained on one of the knees.
I first saw Milbank on Keith Olbermann’s godforsaken O’Reilly-clone show, and found him an easily accessible entry point to national politics upon moving back to Washington 30 months ago. Now Milbank has a book and will soon be a national name a la Krauthammer and Eugene Robinson. Congrats.
Tomorrow: The final four of the best Post writers. No, Monica Hesse is not on the list.