WASHINGTON -- In the annals of presidential politics, it’s hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary. The fascinating story of Dr. Ben Carson’s attempts to ungild his lily by telling awful stories about himself -- he tried to stab a classmate, later identified as a “close relative,” and hit his mother with a hammer? -- will be its own chapter someday, if not in a collection of strange campaigns then perhaps in a catalog of psychological classifications. Masochistic/Narcissistic Conflation Syndrome? (I made that up.) The illustrious Carson seems to have found his own too-good-to-be-true life story too good to be true -- or to bear. ‘Tis a mystery: Why would this amazing man serially seek to belittle himself in the eyes of his admirers?