The talking heads on MSNBC were quick to jump on Mitt Romney’s awkward birth certificate joke, denouncing it as “racist.”

Host Alex Wagner explained that Romney was clearly “scraping the very bottom of this sort of racist other-ist narrative.”

Political analyst Michael Eric Dyson said that Romney was only falling back to his “natural reflex action” appealing to the “base bigotry” of the Republican base since he was in a “moment of crisis.”

Dyson also explained that Romney’s joke would actually be good for President Obama’s re-election.

“In this he’s revealing for us, I think that we should be grateful for this but it’s pretty scary to think that a political figure at that high a level is resorting to some of the basest, most despicable bigotry we can imagine.”