In 2012, GOP leaders learned a key lesson: if you don't intervene in the vetting process, local parties can pick candidates like Todd Akin. So the 2014 mid-term elections may see a new GOP strategy: work with local organizations to carefully choose electable candidates.
The common-sense approach may not be as easy as it sounds. As Politico reports, established Republicans will still have to work with tea party activists who enjoy upsetting established Republicans.
Additionally, the GOP will need to combat Democratic attempts to muscle easily-defeatable Republican candidates through primaries.
To accomplish this, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), who'll head the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has tapped the Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for grassroots outreach in the hope of attracting the trust of base voters.
Any candidate will also need good coaching to prevent Akin-esque blowups, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) tells Politico: "There's a reason why most politicians talk in sanitized sound bites: Once you get out of that, you're opening yourself up to get attacked."