Democrats wonder: Could retaining the most toxic figure in American politics possibly be a bad idea?

Answering that question correctly is roughly as difficult as solving a Scooby Doo mystery, and yet … they’re not going to solve this one, are they? It’s the equivalent of Shaggy, Scoob, and the rest of the crew giving up after a half-hour, piling into the Mystery Machine, and driving off to go smoke a bowl or whatever. Those meddling kids really need to “meddle” a little more this time.

Here’s a secret hint for Democrats trying to find the culprit and crack the case: Check the lady in the Nancy Pelosi mask.

Battle lines are emerging in the House Democratic Caucus over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) possible bid to stay on as the minority leader…

Outside liberal groups are already organizing support for Pelosi before she makes a decision. Americans United for Change launched an e-mail campaign on Friday encouraging supporters to “send a personal note to Speaker Pelosi about how much you appreciate her leadership,” and to “make sure she knows that we still support her.”…

“Democrats lost because they didn’t fight hard enough for popular progressive reforms in the last two years. The Democratic leader least culpable of doing that is Nancy Pelosi,” the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Adam Green, said in an interview. “She’s the last person among Democratic Party leaders who should step down.”…

“I don’t think it’s likely that I would support her were she to run for minority leader,” Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) said Thursday evening on Fox News. “I don’t know who the other candidates are going to be, but if she is one of the candidates, I probably won’t vote that way.”

The good news: The GOP just became a prohibitive favorite to hold the House in 2012. The bad news: …I actually can’t think of any. Supposedly, Pelosi’s talents as a caucus whip are going to keep the Blue Dogs in line, thereby denying the GOP bipartisan cover on its votes next year, but take a listen below to centrist Dem Dan Boren from Oklahoma. He’s not in any real trouble himself next cycle, but he knows that reelecting Pelosi is apt to make the rump Blue Dog caucus even rump-ier after 2012. Ah well. Onward to liberal purity!