On Thursday, Hillary Clinton went before the Benghazi inquisition to answer some questions. Thanks to Kevin McCarthy, many suspicions about the committee were confirmed. This gave Hillary the upper hand going into hearing. Since we are creatures that need to declare victors in any conflict, the question has been raised on who won.
A trip around conservative media shows many commentators interpreted the hearings the same way mainstream and liberal reporters did: As a victory for a poised and polished Clinton, and a defeat for Republicans on the panel. One place to start is Fox News, where Ed Henry spoke with Greta van Susteren even as the hearings crawled along to their finish, 11 hours after they began.
Naturally, those on the left are celebrating because no matter what happened she was going to win (cognitive dissonance). Given that conservative pundits are begrudgingly acknowledging a Clinton victory, there may be more to it than wishful thinking.
Personally, it is premature for celebrating or despairing. In the words attributed to Cardinal Richelieu, “If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.” There is eleven hours of testimony that can provide ammo for her opponents to use. It is not a matter of “if” but rather of one of “when.”