When the liberal Washington Post tries its best to write an objective piece about Colorado redistricting, and still can't help pointing that Democrats maps are a pure electoral power grab, and Republican maps aren't, Democrats are in trouble.
Chris Cillizza points out that the Republican maps do little to boost their current Congressional delegation's electoral prospects:
In fact, in the GOP-proposed maps relatively little is done to shore up either of two freshman GOP congressmen from rural districts – Cory Gardner in the Fort Collins- and Eastern Plains-based 4th and Scott Tipton in the Western Slope- and Pueblo-based 3rd. Besides shifting a county or two, their districts, which both went 50 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, are the same.
On the other hand, Cillizza notes that Democrats' map has the intended effect of boosting Democrats' political prospects:
Democrats, meanwhile, proposed an extensive redrawing of the lines that would give them a good chance at unseating Rep. Mike Coffman (R) and help their cause in reclaiming Gardner’s seat. It would also create big changes for Tipton.
Redistricting is meant to reflect population changes, and when there isn't massive population changes, there shouldn't be massive redistricting changes.
This is the Demcrats' biggest problem at the core: their maps are not appropriate. They are power grabs under the guise of competitiveness.