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February 10th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Roundtable: A trove of Clinton documents in Arkansas

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton told a close friend that Monica Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern, according to documents penned by Diane Blair, a close friend and longtime confidant to the former first lady.

The contents of the documents, which are part of Blair’s papers housed at the University of Arkansas, were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website that posted the story late on Sunday night.

The public archive is bringing fresh insight into the private history of the Clintons.

"There is probably a lot more interesting material here," said CNN political commentator and New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza.

"If you love Hillary, and you love that she is a fighter and tenacious, and fights her enemies, and wants other Democrats to toughen up, you will find that in these documents," said Lizza.

"On the other hand, I think it will play into a lot of the stereotypes that the right has about her as well," said Lizza.

"She uses the phrase 'pain threshold,' and she talks about how people in Washington have a pain threshold that is too low. It sounds like hers is pretty high," says The Washington Post's Liza Mundy, who is also program director at the New America Foundation.

Republican Senator Rand Paul, a man many believe will be running for president in 2016, has publicly criticized former President Bill Clinton for being a "sexual predator," and says Democrats who took money from him, ought to give it back.

"Rand Paul has actually shown that this is kind of a potent message for Republicans at the moment," says CNN political reporter Peter Hamby.

"It highlights the folly, frankly, of the Clinton allies' strategy of not really responding to these stories, or attacks, on a day-to-day basis. They kind of say, 'She's a private citizen, we're not going to engage, she's not yet a candidate,'" said Hamby.

Meanwhile, Paul and conservative groups "are willing to flood the zone with negative Hillary Clinton stories on a daily basis," said Hamby.

While some are calling Paul's attacks old news, today's news cycle, says Hamby, proves "nothing is old news."

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