The Birther Lexicon

Adam Serwer unveils his Birther Lexicon allowing us to grapple with the many flavors of this particular tendency. He describes Birtherism, Post-birtherism, Ironic Birtherism, and Pseudo-birtherism as the key varieties.

David Koch as told to Matt Continetti is a pseudo-birther:

David agreed. “He’s the most radical president we’ve ever had as a nation,” he said, “and has done more damage to the free enterprise system and long-term prosperity than any president we’ve ever had.” David suggested the president’s radicalism was tied to his upbringing. “His father was a hard core economic socialist in Kenya,” he said. “Obama didn’t really interact with his father face-to-face very much, but was apparently from what I read a great admirer of his father’s points of view. So he had sort of antibusiness, anti-free enterprise influences affecting him almost all his life. It just shows you what a person with a silver tongue can achieve.”

Even people like me who grew up in the same house as our father and regularly discussed political ideas with him throughout our childhood often end up a somewhat different place ideologically, but according to Koch, Obama’s father’s brand of Kenyan Socialism is so powerful that he was able to brainwash his son without actually speaking to him. Remarkable stuff. Meanwhile, I’m sure that David Koch’s brand of “rich oil barons are awesome” ideology was in no respect inherited from his rich oil baron father.