If these fibs wind up hurting or sinking Ben Carson, the people that will be hurt the most are the GOPee establishment, who was puffing him up to foil Trump. The person helped the most will be Trump himself, for the same reason.
Politico is the source that RINOs and establishment Republicans leak to the most when they want to peddle a meme, push a narrative or bitch about conservatives. Since Politico broke this, there is the temptation to think that this is a RINO hit. The problem with that theory is twofold: One, this is Carson’s own confession, and two, the timing is wrong. Remember the Treehouse’s notion, that the GOPee is pushing Carson to try to keep Trump’s numbers down, in hopes that this ruins Trump, and then after Trump is ruined, the GOPee swoops in and ruins Carson (or waits for him to do that himself), and then Jeb! rides to the “rescue.” If Trump had already fallen flat on his face, then it would make sense for the RINOs to leak to Politico right now, but Trump has not fallen on his face.
As for the substance of the matter, I don’t think there’s really much there there. The reason I think that is because I can say two words that hardly anyone else seems to want to do because of PC paralysis and because the left has successfully retconned recent history to keep people from noticing how long the left has been running things and to leave people with the impression that the Nazi Klan ran everything until January 20, 2009: Affirmative action.
Let’s jump into the Blogmeister Hot Tub Time Machine (no skinny dipping) and head back to 1968. The Vietnam War was on its second year of being unpopular and controversial, and that year, LBJ bounced William Westmoreland out of the command of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. The Civil Rights Revolution was in the process of being enforced and implemented a few years after its major legislation was passed. There were major urban black riots the year before (Newark, Detroit) and three years before (Los Angeles), and that year, there would be many more. The assassination of Martin Luther King in April. And, two years before, Lyndon Johnson signed EO 11246 (there we go with the pen and phone again) that, in theory, only prohibited discrimination in the hiring practices of Federal contractors, but in practicality, mandated that their personnel departments give special preference to blacks. That very executive order used the phrase “affirmative action,” which is where we got the phrase from and the idea that the definition of it is preference to certain minority groups. Since then, the madness has spread — In British parlance, it is “positive action,” in French, it’s l’action positive. Even though officially, France does not practice it.
So, you throw all these things together. One day that year, Westmoreland visits a JROTC unit at a high school in Detroit. He sees our then 17-year old magic negro, and finds out that he’s pretty good in JROTC. Light bulbs go off in his head. Westmoreland starts doing the West Point hard sell on Carson. Carson walks away from the thing thinking that Westmoreland had so much pull that he could have unilaterally gotten him into West Point, but knows it’s not going to be his career track, so he mentally checks out of it. Years later, after internalizing Westmoreland’s hard sales pitches as a de facto offer of guaranteed admission, Carson relays to the people that ghost wrote his books that he in essence got into West Point.
Far more of a misunderstanding than a fib.
However, even as a 17-year old, as good as JROTC participant as he was said to have been, he should have been pretty adept on the process of getting into a service academy. Either that, or he was so star struck by Westmoreland’s rank that he thought that Westmoreland could have bypassed all that on his behalf.
Mostly a nothing burger.