The Republican-controlled House Committee on Benghazi grilled Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for more than 10 hours on Oct. 21 about the 2012 terrorist attack — but lost, according to conservative commentators (video below).
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough told MSNBC viewers on Oct. 23 that the hearing was "a TKO for Hillary Clinton; it wasn't even a close call."
John Podhoretz, a conservative writer for New York Post, agreed: "Thursday, after clobbering her rivals in a debate last week and thereby keeping Joe Biden out of the race, Clinton went before the committee investigating the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi in 2012 — and had an unmitigated triumph."
"But simply as a matter of political theater, over the course of many hours of testimony, Clinton performed brilliantly," he added. "She assumed a calm, deliberate demeanor with her opening statement and never surrendered it."
"She looked big. They looked small," Podhoretz wrote. "She spoke like a person engaged with highly serious matters, and they mostly sounded as though they were niggling, fussing and poking ineffectually at her."
Right-wing radio host Erick Erickson notes on his blog: "Mrs. Clinton too is far too bright to be trapped in this or any questions. There have been some, by [Rep.] Trey Gowdy typically, that have clearly caused Mrs. Clinton to be flustered, but the long-term effects of that will be to make her a martyr to her own side."
"It was all a political spectacle," Erickson added. "God bless Trey Gowdy for trying to learn the facts and understand what happened. But the rest of it was just a carnival road show of back bench congresscritters playing to the cameras and Hillary Clinton working hard to play persecuted victim."
Conservative Christian radio host Sandy Rios admitted on her Oct. 23 program that Clinton is "wonderful at this" and "looked presidential," reports RightWingWatch.
Rios claimed that Clinton was lying, but admitted, "[The Republicans] are not capable; they are lined up with a professional."