Now I don't feel so badly.
I missed the first Republican presidential debate of the election cycle because of other responsibilities.
And I apparently was in good company. CBS News' Hotsheet blog reported that Speaker John Boehner also missed the debate co-sponsored by Fox News Channel and the South Carolina Republican Party.
Hotsheet spotted Boehner at Morton's The Steakhouse on Connecticut Avenue in Washington enjoying a bottle of Cabernet - and a couple of cigarettes.
Speaking of the debate, Boehner told Hotsheet that he will "read about it tomorrow."
"There's more time for people to get in," he added.