Well, of course he was kidding. I mean, after all, it's not like his entire career was one of bullying, suing, threatening, and lying.
It seems, though, having always relied on threats and bullying, his powers of persuasion are a little rusty:
“I’m still a ‘no,’ ” he [Meadows] said. “I’ve had no indication that any of my Freedom Caucus colleagues have switched their votes.”Deals. He'll make great deals. Winning. We'll get tired of winning.