Senator Susan Collins - whose face, quite irrelevantly, reminds me vaguely of a gourd - had this to say about her vote for the stimulust package: "This crisis is extraordinary, and my constituents don’t expect me to stay on the sidelines. They expect me to jump in. People don’t want us to be the party that says no, just no.”
I hope your constituents will entertain the same sentiments the next time it's necessary to placate an angry volcano god. But before that happens, the least you can do is stop nurturing the myth that the Republican Party was only willing to say "no." There were, I believe, at least two separate Republican-sponsored proposals for a genuine, low-pork stimulus bill. But perhaps you were too busy with all those photo-ops featuring you and Harry Reid and your sister quisling from Maine, Olympia Snow, and Specter the Specious to find the time to read alternative proposals - although I'm sure you managed to wade through all thousand+ pages of the bill you wound up voting for...Right?
No Republican tent should be big enough to hold these three. When the chips are down, you can't count on them, and the most revolting thing is not that, without their help, the stimulus bill might not have passed. The thing that sets my teeth on edge is the cover (however thin) of bipartisanship that they've provided for the biggest Democratic raid on the treasury in history. It is an uncomfortable and ironic fact, I suppose, but the Republican Party is going to have to get a lot smaller before it has any chance of growing again.
Update: Hardened bunkers, anyone?
Update II: Say, how about some shamnesty? (H/T: Friend and commenter, Skeeter)