She was widely derided despite the fact that she was right. See Richard Mellon Scaife, etc.
Today, in the kind of nonsense being spouted about health care reform (nonsense about "death panels," for example), we're seeing the return of the VRWC. Take a look, for example, at this Times article, which is about where that nonsense is coming from. And take a look at Paul Krugman's column today about why there's no room for bipartisan compromise, however noble a goal that might be, when Republicans think "birpartisan compromise" means "do what we want."