The word schadenfreude may have been invented to describe how sensible people are feeling about Dick Cheney right now.
One of the best recent comments I’ve found on his situation is in Talking Points Memo. The problem, according to Joshua Marshall, is that Cheney only knows how to be a von Clausewitz; there’s no indirection (as Hamlet said, “use indirection to find direction out”). “Cheney’s problem right now is that these new charges don’t really require Dems or anybody else to run with them. They speak for themselves. He’s got no one to whack. No one to attack. So he and his crew don’t know what to do.”