In Your Heart, You Know He's Batshit Insane


Old CW: Don Goldwater was a second-rate candidate for governor of Arizona, trading off his famous uncle's legacy.

New CW: Don Goldwater is a wild-eyed racist loon.

A Republican gubernatorial candidate's call for creation of a forced labor camp for illegal immigrants drew rebukes Friday from two GOP lawmakers, who labeled it a low point in the immigration debate.

Don Goldwater, nephew of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, caused an international stir this week when EFE, a Mexican news service, quoted him as saying he wanted to hold undocumented immigrants in camps to use them "as labor in the construction of a wall and to clean the areas of the Arizona desert that they're polluting."

The article described Goldwater's plan as a "concentration camp" for migrants.

How much of this has been hyped by the "Mexican news service"? Apparently not much; Goldwater has said the same thing before. Sen. John McCain and Rep. Jim Kolbe have both denounced Goldwater and asked Republicans to reject him in the primary. But that won't happen. The bigger question: Will the Minutemen, who (at least among their leadership) endorsed Goldwater, keep their distance?