Econo-Girl has written Maureen Dowd several times to offer tips and advice on her man problems. No response.
So blogosphere, here it is:
Get over yourself. That is to say, get over your social indoctrination to score a mate that is possessing of characteristics that would make your Mother happy.
Econo-Girl was a tender age at the beginning of feminism in the US. She still remembers the outright laughing at spending as much money on female athletics as male athletics in high school. And how girls were not allowed to take shop, and had to take home ec instead.
So women of a certain in-between generation can find themselves with a basket of leftover Neanderthals to pick from. Unless they go younger. Maureen Dowd is pretty and smart. There is a guy out there for her who may not fit the typecast for a 'successful male.' DC is full of successful men, and they are lousy lovers.
So Maureen, get yourself a red hot chili pepper lover, like Leisure Lad. A romantic and a poet. A devoted and caring man. That's what you need to look for.