Mary Beth Buchanan: Pulling a Costanza?

Friday, November 20th, 2009

She’s still having a hard time letting go. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website:

Even though former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan’s official reign ended at midnight Monday, she has been spotted in her office both Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Sure, you might think she’s busy packing up her belongings, but apparently, that’s not the case. Her shelves are still full, even though empty boxes have been provided.

Her car, complete with vanity plate “MBB” on the front, was in the garage under the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse at 700 Grant St. at 6:45 p.m. yesterday.There haven’t been any sightings yet today, though the day is young. (UPDATE: Sure enough, her car is there as of 4 p.m.)

This is coming dangerously close to being funny.

This one’s for you, Mary Beth:

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17 Responses to “Mary Beth Buchanan: Pulling a Costanza?”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    OK. So she doesn’t want to leave.

    Why not just seal her in? As in Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”

  2. #2 |  Carl Drega | 

    I’m glad her car was identified with specificity for all the patriots out there. I know if I saw her on the road I would communicate my displeasure with her choices. Pennsylvania does not issue front plates so this is not a government tag.

  3. #3 |  tarran | 

    And the state will thank you, Mr Drega, for giving it more propaganda as to how dangerous freedom lovers are.

  4. #4 |  MassHole | 

    Well, here in MA, there must be a lot more freedom lovers than I thought. But why do they drive so dame awful?

  5. #5 |  john | 

    why doesn’t somebody have her car towed away? she’s not an employee. this would be the LEAST thing i would do.

    or glue a picture of chong on her windshield.

  6. #6 |  Bill Anderson | 

    Radley, Radley, Radley! Don’cha know that MBB simply has been protecting the rest of us from Evil?!? I mean, those wicked founders of this country had too many loopholes in the Constitution for desperate criminals like Tommy “What is Your Name?” Chong to slip though.

    So, please don’t criticize this wonderful patriot, or maybe you will have a SWAT team busting into your apartment and shooting your dog, too!

    Now, I would offer a toast to MBB, but if we did it with alcoholic beverages, the risk of a SWAT home invasion might be too great, so we will do it with Diet Coke. Oops! That has caffeine, the next “deadly” drug to be targeted. Hmmm, we are down to water. Oh, well, we MUST be protected from evil!

  7. #7 |  Carl Drega | 

    “And the state will thank you, Mr Drega, for giving it more propaganda as to how dangerous freedom lovers are.”

    One of the problems we have is that there is not enough shunning or derision expressed to people like this. She should be excluded from decent society at least. I wouldn’t treat her if I were a doctor, I wouldn’t serve her if I were a bartender, I wouldn’t sell to her if I were a butcher. She should be honked at and given the finger at every opportunity.

    Also, I am not Carl Drega, but you should google the name and see what his reaction to the abrogation of his rights was. Unfortunately I’m a coward unlike the real Carl Drega. If there were more of him and fewer of me, MBB would not be a problem.

  8. #8 |  tarran | 

    Oh, I am familiar with the story of Carl Drega, how he was hounded by the smallminded pinheads that enter town government until he snapped and went on a shooting spree.

    I am also familiar with how the local government made hay from his attempt at mass murder to paint all those who stand up to it as dangerous madmen.

    Carl Drega did nothing but throw his life away in a way that helped his enemies become stronger. If I were a government official I would get down on my knees and thank God for the existence of people like Carl Drega.

  9. #9 |  Carl Drega | 

    “If I were a government official I would get down on my knees and thank God for the existence of people like Carl Drega.”

    Until the tipping point you would be.

    Also for the record, Drega wasn’t a spree killer. He targeted agents of the state and those who tried to stop him from targeting agents of the state.

  10. #10 |  Nando | 

    I’m curious, don’t they need a badge or ID card to enter the building? Don’t they have a guard that is supposed to be watching for this?

    If she is no longer employed there, her badge should’ve been confiscated or taken from her. Is that not the case?

  11. #11 |  Pablo | 

    And I am telling you I’m not going!

  12. #12 |  The Dude | 

    So when do they prosecute her for trespassing?

  13. #13 |  Justin | 

    I think the drummer sorta looks like Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

  14. #14 |  Invid | 

    The problem, tarran, is that simply going to the government and asking them to follow the rules and not steal from us and crush us underfoot has not been (and can not be) a successful way of handling the problem.

  15. #15 |  Elliot | 

    What’s “Pulling a Costanza”?

  16. #16 |  Steve Verdon | 


    In the television show Seinfeld, the character George Constanza is a bumbling and goofy friend of Jerry Seinfeld, the main character. In one episode he really wants a job that he interviewed for. He thinks he did well in the interview based on comments from the guy who would make the hiring decisions, but who is out of town. So George comes up with the “brilliant” idea that he’ll just show up for work for the next week or so and that when his potential employer gets back, George will already be “ensconced” in his new position.

    As befitting the bumbling and goofy nature of George is all goes very badly for him and he would have gotten the job if he hadn’t pulled the stunt. This is the same character who for an entire episode did everything opposite to how he thought he should do things. In one case he saw and attrative girl. He thought, I could never ask her out, so he goes up to her to ask her out. He thinks, I shouldn’t tell her I’m unemployed and live with my parents, but he does. And she very much wants to go out with him.

    In short George is a complete doofus. So is Mary Beth Buchanan, unfortunately she was vested with a great deal of power by our government to ruin other people’s lives which she pursued rather gleefully. While we can all laugh at and love George Costanza, MBB on the other hand should be shunned and ostracized as a despicable and vile person by every sane individual.

  17. #17 |  Justin | 

    There is actually an episode where George is fired from his real estate job for telling his fat sexist boss how he really feels about him. He realizes that this was a bad move on his part and Jerry suggests that on Monday he just “show up” as if nothing happened. The episode was based on a similar incident involving the show’s creator, Larry David. David was fired from SNL and just showed back up as if nothing happened.