One thing’s for sure: Right-wing lightning rod Glenn Beck is unlikely to be assaulted by a mob of liberals–as he was in New York a few days ago–when he settles into that $20,000-a-month rent house at Westlake’s Vaquero Estates. In the middle of a place that’s been called the most affluent neighborhood in the country, Vaquero is a gated expanse of castle-like mega-mansions peopled by pro athletes like Josh Hamilton and big-deal CEOs like BNSF’s Matthew Rose, said to be a potential successor to Warren Buffett.
The other day, for example, Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat and her husband Douglas (formerly of the Haas, Wheat & Partners investment firm) opened the doors of their rambling Vaquero digs for an intimate gathering featuring a mini-concert by American Idol finalist Tim Halperin. Think low-key. Tasteful. Friendly. You had to pass muster with a uniformed guard to get into the neighborhood, and certainly there were no street people, or roving mobs of angry progressives, in sight. Not a big fan of Beck–especially since he threw Debra Medina under the bus last year–but he’s obviously coming to the right place.