Candidates get a view from inside the fishbowl

Prof C Explains
3 min readJul 25, 2006

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

Being a candidate for elected office is like being a fish in a fishbowl. Everyone is looking at you from all sides, and danger lurks in the deep. As one candidate recently told me, “It is a heck of a lot different being inside the fishbowl looking out than being outside looking in.”

As a biologist by trade, I have been carefully observing the natural history of candidates and campaigns, and I want to share what I have learned about how some of them make it from…

Prof C Explains

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