From a New York Times piece today about “high-end junk-food purveyors that have popped up around Capitol Hill recently:”

Very little that occurs inside the Beltway is a genuine allegory for national passions, but the proliferation of food that is affordable, nostalgic and deeply accessible may be about as close as it gets.

Residents of the Beltway may appear alien, may come off as having precious little in common with the rest of America, but even they can experience comfort while consuming comfort food, as explained in the headline, “Junk Food is a Source of Comfort on Capitol Hill.”

(Why not, “Pork is a Source of Comfort on Capitol Hill”? The story opens with hot dogs. Pigs in blankets are mentioned twice. Pork chop, one time.)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.