Ted Cruz now has a beard, and it seems to undo all the upsetting things about his appearance. It looks good. Really. If he runs again, bear in mind we have not had a president with a beard since 1893, when Benjamin Harrison left office. Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt, and WH Taft had mustaches subsequent to that.
We have had four bearded presidents, two with sideburns, and 3 with mustaches. Van Buren was the outlier, coming well before the others. Those are great sideburns, BTW. The others occurred from Lincoln through Taft, with only McKinley and Andrew Johnson as interruptions. There were reports that Dewey's mustache cost him votes with women. And to be fair, Nixon's beard apparently grew so fast that he had to shave twice a day, so we at least have had a stubbly president. Bill Clinton a Boomer? Pah. A sellout.
I say it's time. Beards have been fashionable since the 1960s, but unreasoning prejudice has prevented us from electing qualified candidates. There's a glass ceiling. And don't tell me it's sexist to insist on this. I hear that Elizabeth Warren has 1/1024th of a beard. She would need to prove that, of course, but I'm willing to accept that.