Everyone's mocked Hillary for her "mis-speaking." Only Bryan Appleyard, however, has come close to diagnosing the underlying illness. Her narcissism, he says, has caused her to elevate the survival and propagation of her self-image above all other values, such as a respect for reality.
In this sense, Hillary is a good Nietzschean. So-called "truth", he said, is just "a mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms -- in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically" in the service of the pursuit of power.
To him, the founding fact about the world is not external reality but rather our own wills:
Nothing is “given” as real other than our world of desires and passions and...we cannot access from above or below any “reality” other than the direct reality of our drives...Seen from inside, the world defined and described according to its “intelligible character” would be simply “will to power” and nothing else. (Beyond Good and Evil.)
The important thing here, though, is that Hillary is not unique. Prioritizing the will to power over the truth is a defining feature of managerialism. Managers presume that the world can be bent according to their will. And, time being a tricky thing, it's a small step from thinking the future is wholly malleable to thinking the past and present are as well - as Stalin knew in his notorious doctoring of Russian history. Hillary's "mis-speaking" is in the same category as New Labour's smearing of David Kelly and bosses' presentation of company accounts not as objective measures of corporate performance but as vindications of their own success. All subordinate "truth" to ego.
Now, I'm not suggesting Hillary, or bosses generally, do this consciously. I suspect instead that Hillary has lived so long within the purely imaginary world of the decision-maker that she has long forgotten the distinction between her own will and reality.
But the distinction does exist, if only because "reality" is the product of others' wills as well as her own. So perhaps Hillary's tragedy is not merely her Nietzschean narcissism, but also her solipsism.