I lived out west for more than a year, and during that time (for various reasons) I had a glimpse into the associations of well-connected members of the Republican establishment. The most surprising thing I noticed during that time was that there are a lot of Mormons in the top levels of the Conservative establishment out west. They were particularly over-represented in positions which require smarts.
The other striking feature was that the Mormons were really nice. Let’s be honest, they believe some weird shit. Nevertheless, it seems to be working pretty well for them. In other words, I would also like to welcome our new Mormon overlords (as long as they stay away from my booze).