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

  • John Bolton's Book, Analysis of the 2020 Campaign, Trump Rally

    Episode  |  June 24th, 2020  |  49 mins 56 secs

    In the "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss the new John Bolton book, the Trump Rally, and give thoughts on the 2020 campaign.

  • The Opening, Trump vs. The Press on Bleach, Biden Accusations

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss the political calculations of "opening" the economy, Trump's disinfectant comments, Biden's sexual harassment accusations, and the protests.

  • The Swamp Takes Over

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins

    The Swamp, Explained” series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss when the swamp can be useful. What role does institutional knowledge play in the middle of a crisis?

  • Biden's Lazarus-like Political Resurrection, Coronavirus, Daylight Saving Time, Jones Act

    Episode  |  March 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 secs

    The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss Joe Biden's amazing resurgence to the nomination, Bloomberg's collapse, Bernie's future, Warren's failure, the political aspects of COVID-19, ending daylight saving time, and a Jones Act update.

  • Recapping the Democratic Primary

    Episode  |  February 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we recap the most recent Democratic debates, the Nevada Caucus results, and the future of the Democratic primary.

  • EPA Scientists vs. Trump

    Episode  |  January 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 41 secs

    The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we explore President Trump undercutting his own scientists, impeachment and the attack on Iran's top general.

  • 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.