(THE HILL) Growing chatter about a possible coup against Speaker John Boehner has set Capitol Hill on edge.
Talk that conservatives might use a government-funding showdown to overthrow the powerful Ohio Republican has triggered a flurry of behind-the-scenes jockeying among lawmakers eager to move up the leadership ladder.
And that has lawmakers wondering more than ever if Boehner’s days as Speaker are numbered.
“That’s what tells you there’s something afoot. You know there’s some drops of blood in the water, because all the sharks are starting to circle,” said one conservative lawmaker who backs Boehner's ouster.
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