By Matt Finkelstein
HANNITY: There are those that are saying for the Republican Party to be successful, they've gotta quote be more modern.
STEELE: No, no! But that's what's gotten us into trouble, when we walked away from principle. Our platform is one of the best political documents that's been written in the last 25 years. Honest Injun on that.
By Michael O'Brien
Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), the Democratic co-chairman of the caucus, slammed the Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman for having used the phrase "honest Injun" during an appearance on Fox News.
"I am outraged and disgusted that the head of the National Republican Party would make such a derogatory and offensive statement about Native Americans on national television," Kildee said in a statement. "In an effort to cover up Michael Steele’s racist comment, Fox News altered the transcript online to read ‘honest engine’ instead of ‘honest Injun.’"
Steele has come under fire on Tuesday for that statement, as well as predicting that Republicans are unlikely to win back control of Congress this fall.
Some online sources suggest how bad the phrase is (or isn't):
BY MarkV on 01/05/2010 at 17:33
This is one Indian who sees no harm in this old expression. There are plenty of real slights and serious damages that have been done and are being done to American Indians. Ever hear of the IIM Accounts scandal? Why not focus your outrage on the real damages, the sticks and stones if you will, and let the harmless words blow away in the wind.
BY Cawoonache on 01/05/2010 at 17:34
But the commenters have a point. Most issues are more important than this one. As a mild slur, "injun" deserves attention only when it's used in a negative, disparaging way, as in Cowboys Catch an "Injun" and Limbaugh Calls Native Americans "Injuns"—for the 4th Time.