"Speculation on why Murkowski changed her vote to do that has some referencing a 'moderate Republican' influence, and Politico citing 'an intense lobbying effort on the Senate floor from Democrats Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and others.' A more likely green light indicator may be the National Rifle Association inexplicably signaling their neutrality and the National Shooting Sports Foundation actually backing the Jones confirmation removing the danger of political reprisals, at least from the two major national organizations wielding commensurate money and influence."
LATER: The List of Traitors -- The Senate confirmed controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nominee B. Todd Jones on a nearly party-line vote today, with Democratic leaders making Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) fly back from her home state to move forward President Obama’s pick. Heitkamp’s vote was added to Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) to reach the 60 needed to end debate.