Actually, the reporters weren't quite having fun. They were bored and uneasy. After exhausting millions of questions and sharing speculative guesses on Meet the Press and National Press Club lunch breaks, the media players must now find a a way to renew public interest in their work now that there are no polls telling us who was ahead in Montana. Not even Sarah Palin's vicarious wardrobe is of much of public interest these days.
Speaking from experience, to break the monotony of post-election blues, political reporters seek out each other for clues to their next career challenges. It is generally agreed that not everyone at the news conference should ask the same question about Hillary. The president quickly senses a trend and calls on a reporter who has the look of Hillary boredom and wants to ask about First Dog.
The media's days on the campaign trails are so consuming it could take weeks for news of a great aunt's death to reach a reporter at a pueblo in Arizona where he or she is gauging the electoral power of indigenous Indian chiefs.
So now, during the interregnum between Dubya (50 days left and I'm not the only one who's counting) and Barack, the national media can do nothing more than pretend that the intensity of the campaign has never waned and that Barack can call it "fun" but the "Hillary thing" will have to do until something more exciting comes along. Maybe it will be a substitute for all of the juicy campaign reports that armies of Hillary supporters would churlishly abandon Obama and vote for McCain. Let's hope not. It would a be a terrible reminder that in combatting boredom and empty hours you can go too far and be downright silly.