It’s true that Democrats won the majority and will be in leadership posts in the House of Representatives for the next two years.
But the Senate victories by the Republicans appear to ensure President Trump’s ability to “nominate and confirm many more conservative judges,” points out noted Christian leader, author and psychologist James Dobson.
He’s the founder of Focus on the Family and the James Dobson Family Institute, which produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” And he’s written dozens of popular books helping parents in leading their families.
Millions follow both his radio programs and writings.
“This is why conservatives have reason to celebrate the outcome of the midterm election, despite the loss of the House of Representatives,” he said in a statement released Friday.
“Admittedly, the new sheriff in the House will be able to harass the president for the next two years,” he said. “The president’s legacy for years to come, however, will be a newly formed judiciary.”
Trump already has had confirmed by the Senate dozens of judges who are dedicated to deciding cases based on the Constitution rather than a social agenda such as gay rights, which led to the highly criticized same-sex marriage decision in 2015. The ruling was blasted by the four justices in the minority as being unconnected to the Constitution.
They include two justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
He has dozens more nominees lined up for district court positions and key appeals court seats, where most of the nation’s cases are resolved.
While Senate races in Florida and Arizona still are not final, the GOP is assured of a majority in the U.S. Senate, through which Trump’s judges must travel for confirmation.
And Americans were reminded just this week that he might appoint at least one more Supreme Court justice, given 85-year-old Ruth Ginsburg’s brief hospitalization this week with broken ribs.
Trump committed during his 2016 presidential campaign to nominating judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia, whose seat was left open at that time after his death. Scalia regarded himself as a “texualist,” mean he interpreted the law according to the ordinary meaning of the text.
Dobson cited the bitterness of the election fights and the influence of “billionaires on the far left [who] were said to have contributed up to $450 million to their cause.”
“According to preliminary data provided by Ralph Reed’s Christian Coalition, self-identified evangelicals voted 80-to-16 percent in favor of conservative candidates, and comprised 26 percent of the total electorate. If the scope of that analysis is expanded to include all conservative Christians, regardless of church affiliation, the number increases to 86-to-12 percent in favor of conservative candidates, and 35 percent of the vote,” he noted.
“How great was the impact of Christian voters on this election? It was potentially decisive, especially in Florida where evangelicals comprised 30 percent of all voters, compared to 21 percent in 2016. Again in Florida, if preliminary results stand after any potential recount, Senator-elect Scott and Governor-elect DeSantis would prove to have fared differently without this surge of values-voters.”
He said what drove voters to Donald Trump in 2016 also drove the conservative turnout in 2018.
“Their primary concern was for the judiciary at all levels, and especially for the U.S. Supreme Court. The prospect of Hillary Clinton establishing a liberal majority on the Court for perhaps the next 30 years was anathema to millions of Christians. That was the issue that motivated them in 2016, and again in 2018.
“The mainstream media still doesn’t understand the power of faith, and they can’t figure out to this day how Donald Trump got elected as president of the United States,” he said.
“One of the developments I lament most about our national discourse today is that our politicians are inclined to ‘resist’ rather than resolve the issues that vex our society. We must pray after this election that they, and we, will forgive one another and go to work, together.”