Maybe Representative Patricia Schroeder just picked the wrong year. In 1988, lack of money and support forced the Colorado Democrat to give up her plan to seek the Presidential nomination. But 1992 is turning into the year of the female insurgent. The most stunning evidence was the victory of Democrat Lynn H. Yeakel, who won the nomination to challenge Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) this fall. A fund-raiser for women's causes who had never sought office, Yeakel turned her outrage at Specter's role in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings into a crusade that left two experienced opponents in the dust. "The politics of experience can prevail over the experience of politics," Yeakel declared in her victory speech.

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