An archive of diaries, memos and notes from conversations kept by one of Hillary Clinton’s best friends have shed new light on her reaction to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The papers offer a look at the mindset of the then-First Lady through some of the most difficult parts of her husband’s presidency, including the affair that nearly ended it.
Clinton's friend, the late Diane Blair, was a political science professor whose papers were donated to the University of Arkansas Special Collections library in 2010.
The information has been available there since then but only recently came to light after a conservative website reviewed them and shared their findings.
Blair also said Hillary Clinton cited a series of personal tragedies like the death of friend Vince Foster, her father and Bill’s mother in taking a toll on their marriage.
She blamed “ugly forces” that attacked them, even though the First Couple "adopted a strategy, public strategy, of acting as tho it didn’t bother them; had to."
"[Hillary] didn’t realize toll it was taking on him,” Blair wrote.
“She thinks she was not smart enough, not sensitive enough, or not free enough of her own concerns and struggles to realize the price he was paying.”
Hillary did lay the blame on her husband, calling it a huge personal failure, but felt what he did, he did out of weakness and under unusual circumstances.
In addition to her work as a political science professor, Blair worked on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign as a senior researcher and a senior advisor on his 1996 bid.
She was a close personal friend to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who described her as “the best person that one could have as a friend” when she died in 2000.
Hillary also apparently thought of Congress as “a bunch of whiners” with “no courage” during the health care debate, and she clashed with her husband’s staff.
She thought the press had “big egos and no brains;” and that she was “furious” with Bill Clinton for “ruining himself and the presidency” during his first year.
“She keeps trying to shape things up, knows what’s wrong, but [Bill] can’t fire people, exert discipline, punish leakers,” Blair wrote on May 17, 1994.
According to her confidant, Clinton “Never had strategy for Whitewater, troopers, Paula [Jones]. … Inability to organize, make tough choices, drives her nuts.”