I’m not sure what it is about the last few weeks — the teabag protests that were amusingly underwhelming, poll after poll showing Obama blowing the GOP away in favorability/approval ratings, or the recent defection of Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) from the Republican Party — that has Republicans believing they have this triumphant momentum these days akin to 1994. Take a listen to Sen. James Inhoffe (R-OK):

Inhoffe and many members of the GOP aren’t willing to admit there’s been a change in the electoral landscape. Blinded by their own stupidity/arrogance/lunacy, they refuse to acknowledge that the electorate in 1994 is a different one than 2009/2010’s. And while this might seem like an issue the Republican Party is just going to have to learn the hard way, the problem is that while they’re doing this, the country is deprived of an actual substantive debate on important issues.

Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT) is sick of his party’s ignorance and lack of participation in governing America. He chastised the GOP in Washington in an interview with ABC News.

“You can’t just say no. You can’t just obstruct or obfuscate,” Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said in an interview with ABC News. “Instead of just kind of grousing and complaining, it would do us all a whole lot of good if we actually started engaging directly in finding compromises and common ground and shared solutions.”

If the GOP were smart, it’d do what it can to take some credit for the successes the Obama administration will have over the next few years. Offer some ideas. Force the Obama administration and the Democratic congress to compromise by offering substantive discussion and not just “no.” If the GOP has the country’s best interests in mind, that’s what it should be doing. Standing idly by and waiting (rooting) for Obama and the Democrats to mess up is hardly patriotic, and it’s just not good politics either.

1994 is not the same as 2010. The GOP would do well to take Huntsman’s advice. Look out for Huntsman in 2012.

UPDATE: It’s comments like this one that make today’s Republican Party and general conservative outlook look out-of-the-mainstream.