Ben Carson’s latest West Point fabrication troubles won’t help him. His whole outsider schtick depends upon him being more ethical than the average politician, and it turns out he’s just as self-promoting as the rest of them. This shouldn’t be such a big surprise with his multi-year self-promotion in books and other media, but it is. I’ve met this human type before, who is willing to fabricate with ease, because they are less committed to truth than they are to a narrative. They’re not dishonest like crooks or frauds, but they just want to tell a great story, about themselves and others, and bending the truth to do it is totally natural to them. They like to make people happy and make themselves look good, and what’s a little “white lie” in order to do that. “Fake, but accurate,” as Dan Rather would say. I find it odd. Anyway, I think he’s toast now.