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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.
See also: asylum, have, lunatic, taken

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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Moreover, the Muslim lunatic showed none of the "mobile and polymorphous, at times rich psychoplasticity of the civilized man and the European.
And we refuse, quite properly, to believe that the potential match-lighters are lunatics.
I just got this thing about the moon and I became sensitised to it: Moon, Luna, Lunatic.
Cons: Watching famous participants pretend as though they know the price of common household items -- not to mention feign lunatic enthusiasm to win such things -- is both quaint and more than a little goofy.
And when I looked hack at her, her big arms were waving all over and she'd gone into a full lunatic frenzy, blabbering and then throwing her head back and forth.
The decision to set the play in a Victorian lunatic asylum was therefore inspired (a very good setting, incidentally, by Mark Walters in his first professional theatre project).
Electronic acts Lunatic Calm and Primal Scream best convey the frustrated urgency of main character Ari, while rockers Death in Vegas and Silverchair underscore his anger.
While such restraint is admirable, his immersion in the political details of the history of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries leaves the reader searching for the main line of the story.
There is no such thing as a lunatic - and that's official.
The result is a sort of social realism invaded by lunatic humor in which pleasure, castration, and mutilation are never more than a giggle and the flick of a brus away.
Psychonauts is Double Fine Productions' critically acclaimed, mind-bending comedic action / adventure about a young circus performer's desperate quest to save a summer camp for psychics from a mysterious, brain-stealing lunatic.
However, Lindsay has come down hard on her father's seemingly uninvited indulgence by calling him a lunatic.
I'd have to be a stark, raving lunatic to go into such a game without one of the best players in the world.
We are 10th in the league, and we are going to play one of the top teams on Sunday I'd have to be a stark raving lunatic to go into such a game without one of the best players in the world.
We should not exaggerate the importance of a tiny but twisted group who are on the lunatic fringe of the lunatic fringe.