Movement conservatism has long been committed to free trade. While the base of the GOP is skeptical of “free trade” deals, movement cons are a slightly different more ideological breed. This disconnect between the more populist base and the more ideological movement was seriously exposed during Pat Buchanan’s ’92 and ’96 runs for the GOP Presidential nomination.
There is a growing movement on the right in opposition to the KORUS FTA, however. I wonder if this anti-KORUS sentiment is anywhere in evidence at CPAC? I’ll sniff around for evidence that it is and let you know. If any of our readers are attending CPAC and would like to report in, that would be much appreciated also.
Update: I do know that “The Donald,” who is against KORUS, spoke today.