Here is an excerpt from the Addiction in Society Blog:
Hillary Clinton, in presenting her argument for why her campaign should continue in the face of overwhelming statistical odds, noted that Robert Kennedy was assassinated at a point later in the 1968 presidential campaign than the current date. … Why would she draw such an ugly analogy? To understand how such a smart, savvy, and campaign-seasoned person as Senator Clinton could miscalculate so badly, we need to understand her and husband Bill’s world view.
For the Clintons, all things relate back to them, and to their current effort to regain the presidency. One critic, commenting on the frame of reference of a writer detailing her efforts to become famous early in the last century, noted that she saw World War I primarily as an interruption of her career – as though the entire world existed to provide a set and characters for her life story.
In literature, viewing all events as centering around your own life is called the “tragic fallacy.” The scientific/religious equivalent is the view that the universe revolves around the earth and human beings. In psychopathology, this way of interpreting the world is called “feelings of reference,” as in the paranoid delusion that people on television are talking about you.
For the Clintons, Robert Kennedy’s death on June 6 “proves” that Hillary should keep running until at least that date.