Put myself to sleep last night reading The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party. Didn’t take long, but it’s actually a fascinating read.

Here are some non-Whiggy midday news/views treats:

* Neil Irwin notes that inflation-adjusted average hourly pay for Americans actually dropped in the last year.

* David Corn reminds us of 2003 Wolfowitz statement downplaying possibility of post-invasion sectarian violence in Iraq.

* PPP survey shows Americans agreeing with Obama rather than McCain on what to do now in Iraq by 2-1 margin.

* George Will calls on GOP presidential aspirants to admit Iraq War was a mistake.

* Prospect‘s Paul Waldman argues Democratic infighting is at lowest level he can ever remember.

And in non-political news:

* Wild Oats plotting comeback against Whole Foods.

As we break for lunch, here’s another of the less-renowned cuts from Exile on Main Street: “Soul Survivor.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.