Members of the GOP establishment are turning to early recruitment, outside third-party organizations, such as American Crossroads, and changes to primary rules in an effort to head-off brutal primaries, according to Politico.
Senate Republicans in particular are asking outside organizations to expand beyond simply attacking Democrats in order to counter conservative organizations, such as the Senate Conservatives Fund, in heated primaries.
One former representative, Steve LaTourette (R-OH), is looking to do exactly that: creating a super PAC to help center-right GOP candidates fight off organizations seeking to label them as RINOs.
The Republican National Committee is also looking to reform the party's presidential primaries. One reform would cut down on the number primary debates, which, in the words of one Romney strategist, struck the tone of an "American Idol" contest.
The RNC could also change its primary rules back to a winner-take-all situation, though such a change could be opposed by those whose primaries are at the bottom of the presidential primary list.