A few thoughts:
The interviewer is an insufferable moron (update: please see apology), but she handles him kindly and gracefully.
She thinks on her feet.
She has a real command of the subject matter.
She’s articulate and intelligent.
She’s passionate about her state.
She’s not afraid to stand up to the “big boys”.
She’s a “doer”.
She gives direct answers to direct questions.
She has a pleasant, honest personality.