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WATCH: Jon Stewart Schools Republicans on Definition of Tyranny

"When your main concern about deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party's chances in the upcoming midterm elections, that’s not tyranny."

Monarch. Tyrant. Despot. Dictator. 

These are just a few of the colorful but entirely inaccurate terms Republicans have been using to refer to President Obama as they ramp up their calls for impeachment. As the inimitable Sarah Palin put it in a video on her Facebook page, "Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. For me, the unsecured border crisis is kind of the last straw. You know, it makes the battered wife go, no más!” 

Jon Stewart gleefully ridiculed the GOP pundits for their empty rhetoric, pointing out that they would never follow up on their calls for impeachment because they fear the damage it would do to their party in the midterm elections this fall. Watch him lampoon the ludicrous statements of Michele Bachmann, John Boehner and other House leaders below. 

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Allegra Kirkland is AlterNet's associate managing editor. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Salon, Daily Serving and The Nation.