Winners and losers from Day 2 of the GOP convention
© Greg Nash

Night Two of what's already been an even wilder Republican National Convention is in the books. And while we couldn't find any instances of plagiarism this time around, there were plenty of winners and losers to tally up.

Winner: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE. As in, officially the winner of the Republican nomination. We've known this would happen for months now, of course, but to see it actually happen on the floor last night in Cleveland was almost surreal. All the major networks cut into their regular programming to broadcast the moment in the 7 p.m. Eastern hour (cable news, of course, was already broadcasting out of Cleveland all day), with Donald Trump Jr. casting votes for the New York delegation to put his father over the top.


Loser: Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight. The famed data journalist predicted in August of 2015 that Trump had a 2 percent chance of winning the nomination. His favorite at the time, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (28 percent chance), isn't anywhere near Cleveland.

Winner: Donald Trump Jr. Looks like a legitimate candidate running for some kind of public office soon. Great tone and energy. Arguably the best speaker we've seen at Quicken Loans Arena thus far over the past two nights.

"For my father, impossible is just the starting point," the 39-year-old eldest son of Trump said, later adding, "He spent his career with regular Americans. He hung out with the guys on construction sites, pouring sheet rock and hanging — pouring concrete and hanging sheet rock," an appeal to blue-collar workers. "He listened to them and he valued their opinions as much and often more than the guys from Harvard and Wharton, locked away in offices, away from the real work."

Even Erick Erickson, as anti-Trump as any conservative out there, got a tingle.

"Trump, Jr. should run for office," Erickson tweeted to his 160,000 followers. "He sounds like someone I could vote for, unlike his father."

Loser: "The Daily Show." The Comedy Central TV show accused Trump Jr. of stealing a line from an article written by George Mason University professor Frank Buckley.

Buckley, however, squashed any notion the alleged cribbed line was taken without authorization. "I was one of the principal speechwriters. It's no problem," he explained to Meridith McGraw of ABC News.

"The Daily Show" — which hasn't been able to get out of its own way since host Jon Stewart left — hasn't apologized nor removed the tweet. Stay classy.

Winner: Dana White, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president. Kind of went the James "Who am I? What am I doing here?" Stockdale route in introducing himself to the delegation, which all appeared in cutaway shots to have the same "Ummm ... who's that?" or "What does UFC stand for again?" looks on their collective faces.

"What up GOP? I'm sure most of you are wondering: 'What are you doing here?'" the tie-less, bald, UFC honcho began. It was like nothing we had ever seen before at the usually stuffy, homogenized conventions of the past.

"Let me tell you something. I've been in the fight business my whole life," said White. "I know fighters. Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is a fighter, and I know he will fight for this country!"

Loser: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (Wis.). His remarks were reminiscent of the 2012 keynote speech by Chris Christie, and that's not a good thing. You remember that speech, don't you? That's when the fiery New Jersey governor didn't mention the GOP nominee that year in Romney until the 16-minute mark of his remarks.

In Ryan's case, Trump was mentioned by name earlier, but almost barely after that. The Speaker talked about unity, yes. And he tried to drive home the point of having a "conservative governing majority." It was a wine-and-cheese speech at a routy kegger of a convention, and the crowd showed its apathy for a speech around his "competing ideas" theme by almost not knowing when to clap when they weren't speaking among themselves.

Winner: The aforementioned Christie. Unlike four years ago, he praised Donald Trump repeatedly while playing a fun (albeit rhetorical) game of "guilty or not guilty?" with a crowd that loved every minute of the red meat around presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE served up by the former prosecutor.

Christie's final verdict? Clinton is a "group-tested persona with no genuineness to be found is a sham," and has no business being president. Best speech given by an actual politician thus far.

Loser: Ben Carson. One line sums up what could only be generously characterized as an uneven, unfocused speech. At one point, the former brain surgeon and presidential candidate said this, which apparently was off-script: "Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”

Winner/loser: Code Pink and the networks that covered their protest way too long, respectively. You can almost feel the disappointment coming from the media gathered in Cleveland that protests haven't been the big story thus far. That may change in the next two days, particularly when Trump speaks on Thursday night, but without anarchy and violence erupting outside, the folks at ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC decided to solely focus on one Code Pink protester who got into the convention, and did so for minutes on end (in MSNBC's case, six minutes). No fight had broken out, no violence occurred. But it still didn't stop ABC's Terry Moran stating "we have now had several demonstrations" that were defused without delegates showing "menace" in the manner those attending a Trump rally would.

Winner/loser: Fox News. A winner because they didn't omit coverage of the yesterday's whirlwind developments surrounding its CEO and chairman in Roger Ailes. Media reporter and critic Howard Kurtz did a full report during "Special Report with Bret Baier," covering reports about the 76-year-old Ailes's status at the network and what anchor Megyn Kelly had allegedly told prosecutors per Gabe Sherman's reporting in New York magazine. All of that said, the network obviously loses for having this shocking development around its leader for 20 years occurring right in the middle of one of its highest-rated broadcasts of the year.

Night Two is done. Nights Three and Four only promise more unpredictability, fireworks, winners and losers. Check back in tomorrow morning to see who shined and who didn't.

This piece was revised on Wednesday, July 20 at 10:12 a.m.