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The Swamp Explained with Rob Quartel

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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. His co-host is Rob Quartel, a business and public policy entrepreneur and a 45-year veteran of the political institutions and wars in Washington, DC. Rob has worked for Republican presidential campaigns, government agencies like the EPA, and was US Federal Maritime Commissioner under Bush 41. He's also been a candidate for Congress and Senate and a successful businessman and technologist. Given his experience and iconoclastic viewpoints, Rob gives us great insight into the swamp that makes up our nation's capital.

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. His co-host is Rob Quartel, a business and public policy entrepreneur and a 45-year veteran of the political institutions and wars in Washington, DC. Rob has worked for Republican presidential campaigns, government agencies like the EPA, and was US Federal Maritime Commissioner under Bush 41. He's also been a candidate for Congress and Senate and a successful businessman and technologist. 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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United States

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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. His co-host is Rob Quartel, a business and public policy entrepreneur and a 45-year veteran of the political institutions and wars in Washington, DC. Rob has worked for Republican presidential campaigns, government agencies like the EPA, and was US Federal Maritime Commissioner under Bush 41. He's also been a candidate for Congress and Senate and a successful businessman and technologist. Given his experience and iconoclastic viewpoints, Rob gives us great insight into the swamp that makes up our nation's capital.

Language:

English


Episodes

COVID-19 Comes for Trump, What Happens Now?

10/3/2020
The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss Trump's illness and its effects on the race and Coney Barrett's nomination. We discuss the 25th amendment and succession protocol. We also cover the debate and his taxes. Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/

Duration:01:02:26

Ruth Bader-Ginsburg's Death, AG Barr, Woodward, and Princeton

9/18/2020
The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and the nomination of a new justice's effect on the race. We also discuss the controversies of Attorney General William Barr, the fallout of the Woodward book, and the Department of Education suing Princeton University.

Duration:01:06:21

Education During COVID-19, Portland, and 2020 Polling

7/27/2020
In The Swamp Explained series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss students returning in the fall, the problem with Portland, the resurgence of COVID-19, and the bad numbers for the President in recent polling. Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: https://swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us -...

Duration:01:01:36

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

6/24/2020
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. Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us - editor@wearelibertarians.com

Duration:00:50:00

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

4/29/2020
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. Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us - editor@wearelibertarians.com

Duration:01:06:27

The Swamp Takes Over

4/8/2020
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? Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob’s resume here: www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us – editor@wearelibertarians.com Subscribe to the podcast:...

Duration:01:06:14

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

3/8/2020
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. Video - https://youtu.be/x2L7ixyhpV8 Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: https://swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here:...

Duration:01:00:34

Recapping the Democratic Primary

2/24/2020
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. Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: https://swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Video - https://youtu.be/aFcW-Z_qP1k

Duration:01:01:14

EPA Scientists vs. Trump

1/3/2020
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. Video: https://youtu.be/aIKw56-hZpE Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: https://swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us -...

Duration:01:00:46

Is Impeachment Really Worth It?

11/20/2019
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. Video - https://youtu.be/5aGHuregVgs Get the Swamp Explained Podcast Feed: https://swamp.fireside.fm/ Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here:...

Duration:01:01:11

John Bolton Fired, Remembering 9-11

9/13/2019
In the "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. 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. Follow Rob on twitter: @RobQuartel. Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us - editor@wearelibertarians.com

Duration:00:59:41

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

8/26/2019
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. Check out Rob's resume here:...

Duration:01:02:38

End The Homeland Security Department? AOC vs. Trump

7/22/2019
"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." Check out Rob's resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us - editor@wearelibertarians.com

Duration:00:58:51

Justin Amash for President? Should Trump Be Impeached?

5/27/2019
"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. Check out his resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us - editor@wearelibertarians.com

Duration:01:02:44

Rob's Time on the George HW Bush Campaign

2/6/2019
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.

Duration:01:13:31

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

10/30/2018
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. Bib Gourmand - http://dcist.com/2018/09/bib_gourmand_2018_dc.php Rob has lived and worked in Washington DC for 40 years. He worked for the EPA and the Ford and...

Duration:01:27:13

Manafort and McCain

8/31/2018
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. Paul Manafort - 00:04:08 John McCain Dies - 00:16:29 Brett Kavanaugh Nomination - 00:28:14 Jones Act Questions - 00:35:10 Diner's Guide to DC - 0055:24

Duration:01:05:47

Russians and Trump, The Jones Act

8/2/2018
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. GOP lawmaker pressures Puerto Rico to end push for shipping rules exemption - https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/gop-lawmaker-pressures-puerto-rico-to-end-push-for-shipping-rules-exemption The Jones Act: A Burden America Can No Longer Bear -...

Duration:01:08:50

The EPA and the Roots of Bureaucracy

5/10/2018
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. Check out his resume here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-quartel-5291553/ Have questions for Rob? Email us -...

Duration:01:13:57