The Swamp Explained

How Washington Really Works

About the show

In the Swamp Explained," Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. The show is hosted by Chris Spangle of the We Are Libertarians network.

Rob Quartel is a 45-year fly on the wall in Washington, DC. Rob has worked for Republican presidential campaigns, government agencies like the EPA, and has been confirmed by the Senate to the Us Federal Maritime Commission. He's also been a candidate for Congress and Senate. Given his experience and iconoclastic viewpoints, Rob gives us great insight into the swamp that makes up our nation's capital.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 377: The Swamp Explained - Is Impeachment Really Worth It?

    Episode  |  November 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we open with a discussion on the importance of networking within the Swamp. Then we discuss the role of the "steady state" in Trump's impeachment. Rob shares his opinion on if removal is possible or necessary.

  • John Bolton Fired, Remembering 9-11

    Episode  |  September 13th, 2019  |  59 mins 36 secs

    President Trump has fired John Bolton. We debate if Bolton is the last Wilsonian hawk in the White House. Rob shares where he was on 9-11, and we examine how the world has changed over 18 years.

  • Trump's Wild Week, The Fed, Joe Walsh Jumps In'

    Episode  |  August 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss Trump's wild week where he proposed buying Greenland and accepted the title 'King of the Jews.' Joe Walsh is getting into the Presidential race, and we discuss a few more that might. We look at Nixon's price controls and how it relates to the tariff fight. We also touch on the possibility of a recession.

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  • End The Homeland Security Department? AOC vs. Trump

    Episode  |  July 22nd, 2019  |  58 mins 46 secs

    "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, they discuss ending the Department of Homeland Security and Trump's fight with the "Squad."

  • Justin Amash for President? Should Trump Be Impeached?

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. Today we discuss the possible Justin Amash campaign and if impeaching Donald Trump is politically smart for the Democrats.

  • Rob's Time on the George HW Bush Campaign

    Episode  |  February 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Rob Quartel served as Issues Director for two Presidential campaigns. After serving on Gerald Ford's 1976 campaign, he was the third person hired on George HW Bush's 1980 campaign. He details how the campaigns worked and what kind of man Bush was. He went to the funeral and shares his experience there. We briefly touch on the shutdown as well.

  • Political Violence Now vs. 60s, Is Trump Draining the Swamp?

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 27 mins

    In our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. On this episode, we compare the heated political environments of the 1960's to today, we examine how Trump is emboldening the Swamp by not staffing the Executive Branch, and we question if the Federal Reserve is truly independent.

  • Manafort and McCain

    Episode  |  August 31st, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel discuss the Paul Manafort trials and how it is emblematic of the Swamp, and we discuss the complex legacy of John McCain. Rob then answers listener questions about the Jones Act.

  • Russians and Trump, The Jones Act

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In the second episode of our series "The Swamp, Explained", Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works.

    Rob gives us a view of Russian meddling and possible Trump collusion from the swamp. Rob explains the Jones Act.

  • The EPA and the Roots of Bureaucracy

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In the first episode of our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works.

    They discuss the origins of the EPA, the roots of bureaucracy, and what Washington thinks of Gary Johnson by telling the story of Rob's career. Rob has lived and worked in Washington DC for 40 years. He worked for the EPA and the Ford and H.W. Bush campaigns.