updated 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST
As for the barbs taken by Cheney, they were political in nature. Critics complained that the White House kept word of the accident from the public for nearly 20 hours. (Katharine Armstrong, whose family owns the 50,000-acre ranch where the accident occurred, eventually notified a newspaper in Corpus Christi.) Democratic commentator Paul Begala says the incident confirms "preconceived notions" that Cheney and his boss, George W. Bush, "are trigger-happy and think they are above the law." But conservative commentator Tucker Carlson counters, "I don't understand the fuss at all. He shot this guy in his private time on private property, and the guy hasn't complained about it." So would Carlson, who happened also to be out shooting on the weekend of the accident, accept an invitation to hunt with Cheney? Yes, he says, but "I would definitely watch him carefully."