Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged stronger politically after nearly 11 tough hours of questioning Thursday, analysts said.
Her ability to remain calm while answering hostile Republican questions made her look presidential, some analysts said.
The hearing by the House Select Committee on Benghazi centered on the 2012 events at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. At the time, she was President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.
The attacks left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said Ms. Clinton did better than at the 2013 Senate hearing. At that hearing, she responded angrily to a senator's question about mistakes made in Benghazi.
"What difference, at this point, does it make?" she asked. That remark was played over and over again on American TV news shows.
This time Ms. Clinton let House Democrats argue it out with Republicans.
"Clinton kept her cool, unlike in January 2013," Mr. Sabato said. "That was critical. She looked and sounded statesmanlike. That also was critical. Democrats loved it. Republicans hated it. Few if any minds were changed. But Democrats are even more likely to back her bid for president now. Unless somehow a massive event intervenes, she's the party nominee."
This is a big difference from a few weeks ago, when her standing as the front-running Democratic presidential candidate was in question.
Since then, she won a televised debate with her challengers for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to most independent analysts.
And Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is not going to run for president.
That is good news for Ms. Clinton. She would have lost more votes to Biden supporters than to her chief Democratic challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
Also, two of her Democratic opponents, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee, dropped out of the race this week.
Even some conservative analysts admitted Ms. Clinton got the better of her Republican questioners.
"The hearings are a waste of time because everything about it is politicized and nothing is going to happen," wrote conservative columnist Erick Erickson in his blog Friday.
However, there was some drama during the nationally televised hearings.
In her opening statement, Ms. Clinton put her questioners on the defensive by saying how much the attack affected her personally.
"I would imagine I have thought more about what happened than all of you put together," she said. "I have lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have been wracking my brain about what more could have been done or should have been done."
Republicans questioned her honesty.
Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, said Ms. Clinton and other administration officials first blamed the attack on angry Muslims. But, he noted, Ms. Clinton had emailed her daughter and blamed terrorists.
"Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Qaeda-like group," Ms. Clinton wrote.
Jordan said Clinton didn't want the true story to come out because "Libya was supposed to be ... this great success story for the Obama White House and the Clinton State Department."
He asked why she didn't "just speak plain to the American people."
She responded: "I did state clearly, and I said it again in more detail the next morning, as did the president. I'm sorry that it doesn't fit your narrative, congressman. I can only tell you what the facts were."
1.emerge v. 暴露；浮现
Cultural differences also berge in bployee attitudes.
Everything was against her. The world was hostile.
一切都与她作对 。世界在以她为敌 。
His humorous remark relieved the tension in the room.
4.intervene v. 出面；介入
Don't intervene in the affairs of another country.
From the opening page, he makes it plain that this is a very different book.
1.The hearing by the House Select Committee on Benghazi centered on the 2012 events at the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
Her novels center on the problems of adolescence.
2.Also, two of her Democratic opponents, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee, dropped out of the race this week.
drop out of退出
We won't drop out of the occupation, will we, after the war is over.
3.Even some conservative analysts admitted Ms. Clinton got the better of her Republican questioners.
get the better of战胜，打败
Many let greed or naivety get the better of them.
分析人士称，周四，希拉里·罗德姆·克林顿(Hillary Rodham Clinton)遭遇了近11个小时的严厉盘问后在政治方面显得更加强势。
众议院班加西委员会(House Select Committee on Benghazi)召开的听证会集中在2012年美国驻利比亚班加西领事馆遭遇的袭击事件。当时她担任奥巴马政府的国务卿 。
弗吉尼亚大学政治中心主任Larry Sabato表示，克林顿比在2013年参议院听证会上表现得更好。在那次听证会上，她愤怒地回答一位参议员提出的关于班加西所犯错误的问题 。
Sabato先生表示，“与2013年1月不同，克林顿这次非常冷静，这非常重要。她的表情和语气都颇具政治家风范，这也至关重要 。民主党人喜欢，而共和党人憎恨，很少有人的观点发生改变 。但是民主党人现在更支持她竞选总统 。除非在发生某件大事，否则她就是民主党的总统候选人 。”
这对希拉里来说是好消息。否则，她会输更多选票给拜登，而不是她的主要民主党挑战者，佛蒙特州参议员伯纳德·桑德斯(Bernie Sanders) 。
此外，她的两位民主党对手吉姆·韦布(Jim Webb)和查菲(Lincoln Chafee)本周退出了竞选。
“听证会是浪费时间，因为一切都已经政治化，什么都不会发生。”周五，保守派专栏作家Erick Erickson在他的博客中这样写道 。
俄亥俄州共和党人Jim Jordan表示，克林顿女士和其他政府官员首先将这次袭击归咎于愤怒的穆斯林。但他指出，克林顿女士曾发电子邮件给她女儿，并谴责了恐怖分子 。
克林顿女士回应道：“我已明确表示，第二天早上我再次详细说明，奥巴马总统也是如此。我很抱歉这跟你说的不符 。议员先生，我只能告诉你事实是怎样 。”