During the election campaign, I worried (here and on PJTV) that by not putting Obama through sheer hell, the MSM had failed in its primary duty. Namely, to give candidates some small taste of what it’s like to govern. To test them. So we could judge the candidate under stress. To see if they’d lose their cool, or their judgement, or just up and fold.
That process, cruel as it is, might be especially important when the candidate is young and not particularly accomplished at much besides winning scrutiny-free elections.