I think it's not about the episodes but more about the time that they have to cover. It's 1 1/2 years until the election, roughly 1 if they pick up in October, and then it's another few months until the Inauguration (fingers crossed that that's what they decide) and she is in a unique position as an Independent, so there'd be a lot of stories to tell. The way they have written this show, they could probably fill 5-10 episodes with the transition alone, so, I think that what we will get will be good, I just don't think they can tell all the stories that they could tell in 10 episodes and I'm not sure how that'll translate.
Good point. I guess, not every viewer is as interested in the "behind-the-scenes"/journey as me and wants to be kept in suspension. :-)
As far as an election night episode is concerned, I think that could very well be the last episode with (hopefully - sorry, I'm not trying to drive home my point, I just don't want to jinx it ;-)) an Inauguration to conclude with. I think it would be smarter to end it like that and focus on the campaign instead of also including one or two transition episodes.
I also wouldn't object if they sort of skipped ahead a year, covered the last couple of weeks of the campaign and then spent most of the time on the transition. (I'm so glad I don't have to make the decision because I don't think I could.)