As a rule, those who want to be considered as running mates for their party’s national ticket are supposed to be subtle. They generally drop hints behind the scenes, for example, quietly sending word that they’d like to be considered.
Virginia Gov. Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell (R) isn’t being subtle at all. After months in which he’s expressed interest in the gig in televised interviews, the Republican governor announced last week he’d air positive television ads about himself in the coming weeks. Since McDonnell can’t run for re-election in Virginia, the move almost certainly related to his desire to improve his standing during the Romney campaign’s VP search.