The point is politics. If the constant attacks on Clinton during his second term, when the republicans knew that they did not have the votes in the Senate to impeach him taught us anything, it was that influencing public perception to even the slightest degree can have a monumental impact on the next set of elections. Had the republicans simply not tried to fight a battle they could not have possible won, i.e. to remove Clinton from office.....had they kept their mouth shut and not generated such negativity toward Clinton, Gore would have been president in 2000. This is politics, and the seeds planted now reap rewards in the future.