moral authority

“No one can stop Mr. Bush from freeing a pathetic little fall guy
like Scooter Libby. But only those who paid the ultimate price
for the avoidable bungling of Iraq have the moral authority to
pardon Mr. Bush.”

– Frank Rich, New York Times columnist, commenting on
U.S. President George W. Bush commuting the prison sentence
given to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr. for perjury and
obstruction of justice in the C.I.A. leak case.