Anderson Cooper: Sarah Palin Is "Very Ambitious, Very Capable... Capable Is A Broad Term"

Anderson Cooper visited Jay Leno Thursday night, where he talked about post-election life and paid Sarah Palin a backhanded compliment.

"I've seen more of Sarah Palin now than I saw while she was running," the CNN host told Leno. "It's up to the American people what's gonna happen to her. She's very ambitious, she's very capable, if she wants it there's a career there for her," he said.

When Leno pressed him on whether he actually thought Palin was "capable," Cooper backtracked: "She's capable of what she's done thus far. Capable is a broad term."

Cooper joked about CNN's hologram technology — "The thing I like about the hologram is, I believe some day I won't actually have to go in to work. I can just stay in my apartment, stay in my bed, and a hologram image of me can do the news" — and said that he cannot believe the election is actually over.

"I refuse to believe it's over," he said. "We've been doing this so long I cannot remember a time I wasn't covering this election."

He added, "On weekends, I still get members of the Best Political Team On Television, we get 'em over to my house and we sit around and we talk about polls that don't really exist."

Cooper also talked about his favorite guilty pleasure TV show, Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and his favorite character, Nene.