Clear a space on the mantel, BuzzFeed, because I smell a Pulitzer coming your way:
It has been one of the running mysteries of the 2012 campaign trail: How Mitt Romney maintains the ruddy, glowing, and occasionally changing skin tone that helps him project an image of 65-year-old vigor.
A knowledgeable source tells BuzzFeed the answer is in a bit of cosmetic technology used commonly by celebrities: spray tanning. The Republican nominee has made a habit of spray tanning before major speeches, debates, interviews, and other events that have a chance of getting wide TV coverage, the source said. He pays for the process out of pocket — sparing his campaign the expense, and the task of masking it on public campaign finance reports — and steers clear of public salons where he could be recognized. Instead, he gets misted down in the comfort of his own home or hotel suite.
Well! If you were wondering how Romney got that nauseating Elvis-movie-orange hue to his skin, there you go. I'm going to follow in the footsteps of great American Donald Trump here and offer fifteen dollars in cold hard cash to anyone who can snap a photo of Mitt Romney in the process of spray tanning. It would immediately become my favorite picture ever.