WASHINGTON (CNN) - The President is blaming Republicans for the shutdown, and they're blaming him right back, but who really set this crisis in motion?
Some are pointing fingers at a freshman Republican. He's been in congress all of eight-months; John Boehner’s been there 22-years.
It’s Mark Meadows, a former restaurant-owner and Sunday school teacher from western North Carolina, who's put the House Speaker in a spotlight he never wanted.
"It’s amazing that Mark Meadows could be the catalyst of this whole situation," said David Wasserman, Cook Political Report.
It started with a letter Meadows sent to Boehner in late-August urging the speaker to use the threat of a shutdown, to defund Obamacare.
Tea Party-powerhouses in both Chambers of Congress supported him. He got 79 other House Republicans to sign his letter and Boehner had to listen.
Congressman Meadows told CNN.com that his intent was never to shutdown the government, but he also made clear, in an interview with a local affiliate in his home district, just who and what tops his priority list.
Meadows said stopping Obamacare is priority number-one and the people in his district come first.
"I believe that I’m representing the will of the people,” said Meadows. “The overwhelming majority say that they don't want the bad effects of this law to be placed in their laps, and so I’m fighting on their behalf and believe that I’m representing them according to what they elected me to do."
And what the tea party wants him to do. Jane Bilello, a Tea Party leader from North Carolina, says they thoroughly vetted Meadows with a questionnaire and an interview before supporting his run for congress last year.
Reporter: "There are some who would argue that he's just too much in your back-pocket."
Bilello: “Our representatives, I don't care if they're Republicans, Democrats, I don't care what they are. They are supposed to represent we the people and they are supposed to adhere to constitutional principles. That's what we want, and that's what we are going to hold them accountable to."
Now, analysts say, Meadows' hand is strengthened in his district and possibly beyond.
"That could open up possibilities for him- whether it's a future leadership role in the house, whether it's a statewide bid in North Carolina," said Wasserman.
However, analysts say he could be hurting the Republican Party's broader chances in 2016. By placing himself as the catalyst for the shutdown, he's drawing other Republicans into a perception problem, nationally.
This may be good for Mark Meadows, but it could hurt folks like Chris Christie and Marco Rubio in three years.