This may seem like a silly post — but it isn’t. Train breakdowns are big problems in the Northeast corridor.
I missed a meeting with Senators George Voinovich and Barbara Mikulski today on a visa policy project I have been working on so that I could get up to New York for a debate I am engaging in tonight on whether we should talk to Iran — or bomb it — with Hillel Fradkin of the Hudson Institute and Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute. The Cato Institute’s Justin Logan will be participating as well and on the side of “talk” before “bomb.”
With the snow and sleet hitting the Northeast, I thought it would be prudent to get up there early — and it was. Lee Feinstein of the Council on Foreign Relations and Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy are coincidentally on the same train.
And so was Chris Matthews.
Our Acela train broke down somewhere short of Wilmington, Delaware — and not too long after we were train-hopping across a little metal bridge between our train and one of AMTRAK’s regionals.
High drama, kind of, on the Northeast corridor. Matthews, who was standing next to me, seemed sort of happy with the mess. Not quite Keanu Reeves in Speed but we did jump trains!
We are moving again. . .More later.
See those of you attending the debate at CUNY tonight — and the rest of you weathering the storm at the Dirksen Senate Office Building for tomorrow’s Iran conference in Washington.
– Steve Clemons