Rich Galen

He did it well. He looked and sounded like I want my President to look and sound in circumstances like that.

We don't yet know what this happened. Maybe we never will understand what would drive someone to spend that much time, money and energy in such a destructive endeavor.

I do know that the answers are not likely to be easily arrived at, notwithstanding the cable chat shows.

I was offered the opportunity to go on Elliott Spitzer's Current TV program Friday. In response to the email I wrote if the segment was going to be the potential political outfall from Aurora, I wasn't interested.

The producer simply wrote back asking for my availability for this week. Obviously, that is exactly what they wanted to talk about.

This is a violent world. A Google search of "suicide bomber" returned 9,400,000 results (in 0.21 seconds).

Dozens, if not hundreds of Syrians are dying every day in the violence there.

Daily, it seems, reports are coming out of places like Bulgaria and Pakistan of people blowing themselves and others up to make some statement or another.

I do not want to diminish, in any way, the gravity and horror of the event that occurred in Aurora, Colorado Friday morning.

What we might be able to take from it is, it is another example of something which does not have an easy answer; something that does not fit on a bumper strip; something that isn't easily reduced to a sound bite.

There are no easy answers. There are no black-and-white solutions.

Sometimes bad people do bad things.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.