Among the chief arguments against President Obama's historic nuclear deal with Iran was an emotional appeal by Republicans who insisted that the release of American prisoners being held in Iran should have been a deal-breaker. They put a lot of eggs in that basket, and on Saturday, the day the deal was to be implemented, those eggs were all cracked at once.
On Saturday morning, Iran announced that it had released four prisoners from the U.S., including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian:
Republicans have been desperately trying to make hay all week over the 10 sailors who were detained and released by Iran, pointing to it as evidence that the nuclear deal should be scuttled, and even bringing up the prisoners who remained in Iran. This is going to be awkward for them.
Several months ago, I wrote that there was every chance the sideline talks about the prisoners were more detailed than the White House was letting on, and I think when more is known about this, it will turn out that this was something that was at least loosely planned all along.