Vladimir Putin draws on his background as a master spy, testing and teasing the new regime in Kiev and its backers in Washington.
Women and children can be heard screaming in the background.
All of that makes Plouffe, with his background as a Democratic consultant, a very interesting choice.
Nowadays this term is primarily associated with Unix, but it appears to have been first used in this sense on OS/360.
Compare amp off, batch, slopsucker.