Trevor Burrus says yes. For his putative conservatism, George W. Bush amassed significant power for the executive branch. Barack Obama has arrogated even more. Religious freedom depends, in part, upon the ability of the congress and the courts to restrain that kind of power. Here’s Burrus:

Here’s a basic principle of good government: Don’t endorse a government power that you wouldn’t want wielded by your worst political enemy. Democrats will soon be learning that painful lesson.

Ideally, the appointment of originalist judges will work against an unrestrained executive branch.