What's the point of giving a speech if you insist it is off the record? Why talk to the National Press Club and demand the reporters present pretend they are not reporters for the evening? Who does David Plouffe think he is? Madonna?
What is it about campaign managers? They win one or two elections and their heads swell to twelve time its normal size and they start believing they are God Incarnate. Karl Rove, Plouffe, and several I have known personally, it is a common disease of the profession called ego elephantiasis.