Could this be one of the results of the Tea Party movement?  From the Washington Times, Indiana governor calls for ’empathy’

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said Wednesday that his fellow Republicans need to work harder to show “empathy” if they want to emerge from the political doldrums. ..

…Republicans, he said, “must not only assert, but assert with credibility, that we understand what’s going on in the lives of everyday people.”

The credibility part is going to be a problem for most of the political class.