The private collection of papers and documents from one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends revealing a “ruthless” and politically savvy former first lady were published and reported on for the first time by the Washington Free Beacon Sunday evening.
The personal archive, only open to the public since 2010, are from Diane Blair, “a political science professor Hillary Clinton described as her ‘closest friend’ before Blair’s death in 2000, [and] record years of candid conversations with the Clintons on issues ranging from single-payer health care to Monica Lewinsky,” Alana Goodman reported.
“The records paint a complex portrait of Hillary Clinton, revealing her to be a loyal friend, devoted mother, and a cutthroat strategist who relished revenge against her adversaries and complained in private that nobody in the White House was ‘tough and mean enough,’” the article said.
On May 12, 1992, Stan Greenberg and Celinda Lake, top pollsters for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, issued a confidential memo. The memo’s subject was “Research on Hillary Clinton.”
Voters admired the strength of the Arkansas first couple, the pollsters wrote. However, “they also fear that only someone too politically ambitious, too strong, and too ruthless could survive such controversy so well.”
Their conclusion: “What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary.”
The full memo is one of many previously unpublished documents contained in the archive of one of Hillary Clinton’s best friends and advisers, documents that portray the former first lady, secretary of State, and potential 2016 presidential candidate as a strong, ambitious, and ruthless Democratic operative.