There was an unusually interesting moment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. Hardball host Chris Matthews took on Kenosha, Wisconsin’s own Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, over Mitt Romney‘s thinly veiled appeals to racism — including Romney’s dig on Friday about having an unquestioned birth certificate, and Romney’s thoroughly discredited attacks on President Obama’s welfare policies.

The discomfort in the clip above is refreshing slap in the face. Asking challenging questions of political leaders is rarely done on TV — and when it is done, the interviewee is almost always allowed to babble off some double-talk before the topic is quickly and politely changed.

Not this time.

Moments before Priebus was challenged by Matthews, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Reince Priebus an important question of her own: “I’d like to know when we’re gonna know what it is Mitt Romney is actually selling to us, because he hasn’t been specific.”

Far too mercifully, Brzezinski soon offered Priebus an escape from his sputtering reply by changing the subject to Todd Akin.

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