Sigourney Weaver in “Political Animals.” (David Giesbrecht/USA Network)

“After a lifetime spent on the frozen-food aisle, Hillary Clinton herself has become hip of late, partly for her inexhaustible efforts as secretary of state, but also for reasons that will remain forever intangible. After years of not liking her as a wife or politician, America finally warmed to Hillary as a stern diplominatrix in Chanel sunglasses.”

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“It was this party atmosphere, and all I could think was, ‘these people have been here too long.’ We were watching them in the natural habitat. It’s like the zoo.”

— Joanna Baker, a Long Island school teacher, on watching the House from the visitor’s gallery this week. Irony alert, notes our colleague Ann Gerhart: While “visitors may not read, or write, or have cellphones with them or be disruptive,” they stared down at a floor full of chatty, schmoozy elected reps with BlackBerrys buzzing away.

Looking for Friday’s Reliable Source column? Start here: Jack Abramoff on his new job as talk radio host