Well I'll be... just yesterday a promising prospect appeared on the Eastern horizon. On a fit scale it's 90th percentile... additional encouragement is that I have a great contact inside (always helpful) and I wrote a killer cover letter.
I believe the cover letter is make-or-break in almost every case. Resumes are going to look mostly the same, and theoretically everyone who applies for something is going to be reasonably qualified. So you've got to give yourself a puncher's chance with that cover letter. It needs to be clever, interesting, and original.
Some people think being flip and obnoxious qualifies as clever, interesting and original, however.
We'll see. Could this one be it?