Cohen is correct that Roosevelt could have done a lot more to help the Jews, but then he adds that even Roosevelt “saving” the free-enterprise system does not help his moral standing. Roosevelt saved the free-enterprise system!!!??? He almost destroyed it. He had plenty of people in his admin who admired fascism and the way Mussolini did things. The best think Roosevelt did was leave WWII to the admirals and the generals. Even then he handed over eastern Europe to Stalin. Roosevelt fails on many counts.
And let’s not forget trying to pad the Supreme Court by increasing the number of Justices.
This is Richard Cohen we are talking about. He thinks it gives him street cred to occasionally take positions guaranteed to infuriate his fellow liberals.