The Washington Times - January 15, 2009, 06:47AM

Minnesota won’t have a second senator until February at the earliest after the state Supreme Court gave itself several weeks to consider Democrat Al Franken’s request for an expedited election certificate, the AP is reporting.

The court said it would hear arguments on Franken’s petition to get a certificate before the conclusion of a lawsuit by Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, but not until Feb. 5.

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The court order also granted Coleman’s request to intervene in the case, which names Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie as defendants.

The development extends an already lengthy fight over the last undecided Senate seat from the 2008 elections.

Wouldn’t it be fun if the court rules in favor of a do-over?

I hear that a couple of banana republics are sending election officials to Minnesota to observe the proceedings — for pointers.

You know, the really sad thing about the delay isn’t that it deprives Minnesotans of adequate representation in the Senate. It doesn’t give the winner enough time to campaign for the next election.

There’s one guy who’s happy about all the attention Minnesota is getting over its Senate race — Rod Blagojevich.