Ted Cruz is still respected by many in the conservative movement, and the fight he brought to the table when he first entered the Senate was refreshing. Before he got there, we did not much beyond lip service from many Republicans.

Through Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and other, younger faces, we saw a radical change in tone. And it was good.

However, a close Senate race appears to have broken the man.

Ted Cruz was spotted on multiple occasions sporting a three-day beard and people were concerned.

As RedState has a good relationship with Ted Cruz, and has long-supported his efforts to advance conservatism in the Senate, I feel it is my duty to offer a slight pushback, as well as advice to the Texas senator.

Let’s be fair here, this beard is still young. It’s different, and in Washington D.C., different is not acceptable. We must give the man credit, as the beard does look better in the third tweet because it isn’t blurry. It is at least passable. The candid photo of the first two tweets is simply not flattering.

However, it’s clear that Ted Cruz is no Paul Ryan.

So, there is definitely room for improvement. Cruz may simply need more time, or maybe he needs an advisor for facial hair (I am available, Senator).

At the very least, we should accept that Cruz identifies as someone who can grow a beard and not judge him, as those are the rules now according to social media.

I am not a fan of the current look as it looks as though a tight re-election campaign forced Cruz to leave the public and go on an epic bender. However, Cruz’s beard has potential. This is simply a case of waiting and seeing what happens.

However, we cannot allow Mike Lee to grow a beard. It would ruin him.