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A requiem for representative democracy

'I need you,' Courtney had said to absent Republican senators. 'The legislature needs you. The people of Oregon need you.'

Sen. Peter CourtneyLast year, after Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem begged wayward Republicans to return, someone — a genius, apparently — combined the audio of the speech with the classic spurned-lover tune, "Baby Come Back."

This little gem made the rounds last year when a walkout was a rare and shocking event. Now that Republicans have fled the building once again, we're reviving it here for your listening enjoyment. Consider it a requiem for representative democracy in Oregon.

"I need you," Courtney had said to absent Republican senators. "The legislature needs you. The people of Oregon need you."

And to whoever made this: the people of Oregon need you! Let us know who you are so we can give credit where credit is due. tips@oregoncapitalinsider.com.