Republicans hoped Thursday would be Hillary Clinton's day of reckoning, but after 11 hours of questioning from the GOP-led House Benghazi Select Committee, journalists and commentators on the right are largely in agreement that the Democratic presidential candidate made it out relatively unharmed.
Months ago, the hearing was supposed to be the climax of years worth of investigations into the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans. It was meant to be the ultimate opening for Republicans to find evidence of negligence by the former secretary of state.
But in the days leading up to it, expectations fell flat. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had suggested in a Fox News interview that the committee was created to do political damage to Clinton, rather than to get to the bottom of why there wasn't sufficient security when the compound fell under attack.
The actual hearing elicited little of anything new, as stated by the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy. "I don't know that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified," Gowdy said after the grilling was over, referring to a previous testimony from Clinton on Benghazi in 2013.
Conservatives in the political media agreed.