The phone rang, and this lady said, breathlessly, "My name is Lynn Cooler, and I'm a 47-year-old white single mother for nine years, and I belong to an Episcopalian church. We don't discriminate against homosexuals, and we are multicultural."
She said she was calling because I asked her to in Thursday's column. I asked you, voters in the coming Republican and Democratic primaries, to define yourselves before the pundits and polls do, then get in touch with me.
"I used to be an independent, but Bush turned me away from the Republican Party forever," she said.
Then she said, "I love Obama," and I asked her why.
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"Because he says America is not black and white, not red states and blue states, we are one America," she said.
A guy called from Fort Mill named Phil Darling, 88 years old.
"Basically, I'm a Democrat, but I wouldn't vote for any Democrat, and I won't vote for Rudy Giuliani," Darling said.
"Why not?" I asked.
"Abortion," Darling said. "Abortion is more important to me than anything else. More important than this war. Any candidate not against it, I won't vote for them."
An e-mail came in from a woman named Linda. A self-described "child of the sixties" who considers herself an independent. She voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan once.
"No labels on me," wrote Linda.
She wrote, "Religion has no place in politics. You need the Good Lord in with you wherever you go. Being a good Christian and living like one is like being rich or pretty, you don't have to tell anyone, they just know it."
She wrote on, this Linda.
"Saw a sign asking for anyone that wants to preserve their Southern heritage to call a number, then saw a motorcycle with a Confederate flag hanging from the back."
She wrote she was, "once again ashamed of her Southern heritage."
Her choice? "I will vote for Obama, because this country can not go on with this judging a person by the color of his skin any more," Linda wrote.
A man named Ken Caputo wrote, "Just once, I'd like one of them to admit that the president can't do it all. ... Always tell it like it is."
Caputo continued, "Look at the mess we are in right now because we have an ornery cowboy in the White House who has isolated himself and our country from most of the world. It doesn't help that his vice president is devious and secret and not a good person to go hunting with. ...
"We're all so very sick of the partisan politics. Nothing gets done because of the posturing. We had a moment with JFK. It all seemed to come together. I'm hoping Obama can somehow rekindle the flame."
A woman named Louise Hassenplug called, and the excitement at being an American who can vote in this historic primary cascaded.
"Experts, I'm sick of 'em," she said of the non-stop TV coverage.
The candidates' word, "Change?"
"Sick of that, too," she said.
The campaign started way too early, Louise said.
"All these millions spent on this, and there are hungry and homeless people in the world," she said.
"A joke," Louise said.
And who will you vote for Louise?
"None of your business," she said.
I can't wait until a pollster calls up Louise Hassenplug.