Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Nov. 12 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post)

It’s pretty clear that the Republican Party of today is going the way of the Whig Party in the 1850s when it flamed out for lack of public appeal and was succeeded by the party of Abraham Lincoln. The Republican Party of 2016 is Whigging out, the new Populist Party is ascendant, and Donald Trump is leading the populist charge. If a reader out in the boondocks of Prince William County can see this, why couldn’t Jackson Diehl [“Where both parties are wrong”] or E.J. Dionne Jr. [“Rubio’s strategic gloom ”], in their Jan. 11 op-eds, acknowledge the rise of a new party and then write about it?

Roger Elmore, Lake Ridge