Hillary Clinton's supporters were quick to praise her testimony before the Select Committee on October 22.
For example, Madeleine Albright - who served as Secretary of State during the Bill Clinton administration - tweeted her approval following the hearing, saying that the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State showed "grit" and "compassion" in the nearly 11 hours of testimony before the committee.
Progressives and Democrats appeared to be universally dismissive of the performance of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-GA), who chaired the committee. Heated exchanges with Democrat co-chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), and with Clinton herself, did not appear to produce any sign on Clinton's part of acknowledging failures on her part for the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Markos "Kos" Moulitsas - the founder of progressive website DailyKos - was especially critical of Gowdy. Moulitsas wrote on the website of Gowdy and the putative results of the hearing:
"Gowdy had a shoe-shine guy work on his face between questions. Seriously, a little powder is Going On Television 101. Superficial and stupid, sure, but he visually matched the words coming out of his caucus' mouths. The GOP is the enemy. Hillary Clinton knows this. And head-to-head, they've got nothing on her. After eight years of President Barack Obama's well-intentioned but futile efforts to work with the GOP, this is refreshing."
Senator Rand Paul, among others was not so keen about the hearing nor Clinton's tenure as America's chief diplomat, saying on Fox News that her judgement overall should be brought into question. See relevant tweets below: