Newt Gingrich has an exploratory committee. Any guesses about the first thing they told him? Chances are it was something like, “Women and the religious right hate you for your personal indiscretions.” In case you forgot or were unaware – a quick recap from John Marshall at TPM:

Let’s remember, Newt famously dumped wife #1 for wife #2 while wife #1 was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. As in literally went to the hospital to present her with divorce papers while she was recovering from surgery for uterine cancer.

He eventually dumped wife #2 for wife #3 shortly after wife #2 was diagnosed with MS back in 1999. And he was having the affair on wife #2 with wife #3 while he was turning the country upside down trying to drive Bill Clinton from office over his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

So, Newt’s first actions as a potential presidential candidate are aimed at repairing this image. In an interview with the Brody File on the Christian Broadcast Network, he has drummed up one response and one excuse. First – God; he “felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness.” Second – Country; “partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country … things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

Yep, he’s banking on essentially, “I loved my country so I had to cheat – and I asked for God’s forgiveness,” as his way out. Does this guy have any chance of getting elected?