My sense of the overall media response to the Benghastly hearing (aka inquisition) is that Clinton won all 10 rounds. Politely attentive, a condescending smile, and fact-based responses totally derailed the rude ravings of the Reps on the committee. Craig McDermott at Blog for Arizona sums it up.
…The race isn’t over yet, not by a long shot, but Hillary Clinton went a long way toward securing the 2016 Democratic nomination for the presidency, and toward securing a general election victory, when she faced down the bullies masquerading as Republican members of Congress this past week.
... she did incredibly well, staying cool, calm, and collected in the face of a marathon session thinly-veiled partisan bloviating dressed up as questioning.
Like McDermott, "I am a supporter of Bernie Sanders and believe that Clinton is far too close to Wall Street and other 1%’ers (and their lackeys)."
But, gotta be realistic here, the national polls indicate that Clinton is likely to be the Democratic candidate. Assuming she is, what did she gain from the Benghastly show?
Her biggest gain from the session won’t be in attracting hardcore supporters of Sanders and the other Democratic candidates, it will be in attracting the support of voters who are late arrivals to the primary season. The image of Clinton facing Trey Gowdy and his merry bunch of cutthroats and not even batting an eyelash will be the main image in their minds when those voters figure out who they think is the best candidate.
And that image will endure no matter who is the candidate. Score a big win for Hillary Clinton.