The Senate voted last Thursday to curb the use of filibuster against judicial nominees, over the objections of the Republican minority. The average American may think deciding things by majority vote is the basic idea of our democracy. But say something like that, and you risk getting a lecture on how America is not a democracy but a constitutional republic, and that the framers took care not to give too much power to the people, and that they invented all sorts of devices to keep them from running out of control. So the curb can only be seen as a terrifying development, gasps Steve Chapman in mock horror. Why, next thing you know we could be deciding all sorts of things by majority vote.