Chris Matthews wasn’t quite so effusive as when he called President Barack Obama a “perfect American,” but he was surprisingly enthusiastic about Condoleezza Rice’s speech to the Republican convention. But was the praise just a Trojan horse?

As NBC’s “bad cop” Andrea Mitchell interviewed Rice face-to-face on the floor of the RNC, “good cop” Matthews begged to cut in via remote.

Rice rewarded Matthews by taking his question seriously.