Dick Cheney was not in a life or death situation.
It took him quite awhile to accept responsibility, and others are still trying to cover for him. Not cool.
The fact of the matter is that what happened in that field was, indeed, an accident, but it was also the result of irresponsible behavior. One could say the same about the Iraq war, a conflict whose cost has been far higher than a single man receiving a relatively minor gunshot wound. Billions of dollars have gone missing on the Bush-Cheney watch and nobody has stepped up to take responsibility for that. Heck the guy who said that WMDs were a slam dunk was deemed worthy of a Medal.
Of course it wouldn't all be so hideously hypocritical if the Republicans also weren't the party of no second chances. You better believe that if a young black man had done what Cheney did he would not be receiving the same treatment. There's a double standard. Mercy and understanding towards those who are part of the in crowd and cold-hearted judgment and retribution against the powerless. Nobody really wants to talk about that side of compassionate conservatism. Its compassion for you is based on how conservative it judges you to be.
If slaves didn't want to get whipped, why'd they get tied to the whipping post? I mean really.