Nowhere does he mention any interaction with fellow passengers. Perhaps the Matthews party was large enough to occupy a full table or two in the dining car, or perhaps they tipped the sleeping car attendant (Amtrak no longer referring to porters) to bring them meals in their compartment.
But did he, or any members of his party, spend any time in the lounge car, just conversing? The way he speaks of a "bicoastal nation" suggests he never got an opportunity to see what the United States outside the hellholes of gentry liberals and welfare recipients that define New York, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, or Los Angeles looks like.
Or is he one of the people Commentary's Noah Rothman has in mind?
Relegated as it is now to coastal enclaves and urban centers, this is a rump bloc. The contraction the Democratic Party has experienced over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency has coincided with the purging of its moderates. Only the most far-left districts and liberal states elevate like-minded politicians to high office and the elements that would restrain the party’s most partisan impulses are gone. For all the criticism of Republican disorganization, theirs is a good problem to have. Unruliness is a feature of an ideologically diverse coalition of competing interests. The conversation inside the left’s closed circle is a self-reinforcing one; dissent is hard to come by and is punished by the movement’s most dogmatic enforcers when discovered.Next time you take the train, Chris, deal a few hands of pinochle with the people in the lounge car. And get on board with the Cold Spring Shops "Free Rein to 110" campaign rather than envying the glorified subway trains that zip across China.