I’m not sure if this is an answerable question, but did they identify with her as opposed to Gibson, or were they actually impressed with the way she handled him? I just don’t see how the latter is possible, and I thought the confidence she showed in her convention address evaporated for the interview. (“In what respect, Charlie?”)
If people really were impressed, for the most part I’d guess it was because they wanted to be.
And I suppose for the record I should clarify that I didn’t mean “didn’t impress anyone” literally, as in not a single one of the millions of people who’ve seen the interview have been impressed by any aspect of the performance. I’m just saying it was a mediocre appearance that did nothing to bolster her foreign-policy gravitas.