Who is Vera Baker? And what did she do for Barack Obama?

michelle-barack-obama2-.jpg If you're wondering who Vera Baker -- the woman rumored to have been involved with Barack Obama during his Senate race -- is, then you must not have been paying attention to the Republicans during the 2008 presidential campaign.

John McCain's camp made a big fuss over the former political fund-raiser's relationship with Obama during his 2004 Senate race.

Implications were that they were more than co-workers. But even back then, no one took these allegations seriously.

Which may have been because the Republican party was throwing anything they could at Obama -- that he wasn't a natural U.S. citizen, that he was a card-carrying Muslim, that he was a terrorist supporter, etc, etc.