I often sympathise with the "it's not ideal, but it's what CAN be done" argument. It makes sense. When you're talking about some things. Things like settling for a 5% flat tax when you really want 3%. Or whatever. But safe districts are a subversion of our Republican form of government. Instead of leading a battle for Utah, Governor Huntsman is leading a cowardly retreat before the battle has even begun. His four safe district map perpetuates a system by which incumbents create such unassailable positions of power that they are not held accountable until they committ such gross misconduct that even the most strident partisan finally says "enough".