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the lunatics have taken over the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics have taken over the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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the lunatics are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the lunatics are running the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the lunatics are now running the asylum.
See also: asylum, lunatic, running

lunatic fringe

the more extreme members of a group. Most of the members of that religious sect are quite reasonable, but Lisa belongs to the lunatic fringe. Many people try to avoid eating a lot of fat, but Mary is part of the lunatic fringe and will eat anything.
See also: fringe, lunatic
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Our best defence against these savages is to enjoy our freedom, and revel in the fact that our actions boil the blood of the Islamist lunatics.
THE lunatic asylum was a landmark of Victorian Britain, which inspired fear and shame in equal measure.
Those girls who've fled their home to join jihadists, point to lunatics well versed in polluting our island.
Compelling and filled with unpredictable twists and turns of plot, Lunatic Laundry is for any reader who enjoys spiritual reflections on life's meaning and the power of individual change.
If we can get people out of that mad place, and take care of them, until only the battling lunatics are left, then we should to the extent of our ability, and so should the rest of the international community, east and west.
I HAVE read recently two newspaper reports that have convinced me that it is official - the lunatics are definitely in complete charge.
LUNATICS is a hilarious novel that reflects the combined efforts of an award-winning humorist and a TV writer and prize-winning novelist.
If it is correct, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
I AM all for the possible privatisation of the air sea rescue facilities at RAF Valley if it would mean charging the lunatics that insist on climbing the likes of Snowdon in the middle of what is turning out to be one of the worst winters ever,(DP yesterday) When will they realise that this RAF squadron is not there solely for the use and beck and call of a few adrenalin junkies.
Ian, Cumbria Lunatics at the helm When Jim McGrath, with all his knowledge and experience of racing, has to resign from the BHA over the RFC-led programme changes, it shows the lunatics are in charge of the asylum.
In some senses dangerous lunatics were an unusual component of the poor, notably in being expensive to care for, but they can also be seen as an unusually well-documented type of poor, from whose experience generalisations may be made about funding and provision, decision making and ideologies.
The name LUNAtics hints at the benefactor without the bluntness of other sponsored teams.
They've just said 'they're lunatics, we don't need to worry about them'.
Lunatics, and will launch an international tour later in the summer.
Written by and starring--in many guises--comics Matt Lucas and David Walliams, Little Britain supposedly portrays the real people who make up British society but instead provides a series of highly memorable lunatics and bizarre caricatures.