WASHINGTON (AFP) - Whoever wins Tuesday's election, Sarah Palin, who shot to international fame barely two months ago, is likely to stay in the forefront of American politics for some time to come. "I'm not doing this for naught," Republican vice-presidential nominee Palin said this week, when asked if all the mudslinging in the current campaign made her long for a return to the more sedate politics of Alaska, where she is governor. Palin, who is also an ex-beauty queen, moose hunter and mother of five, rose from obscurity to become the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket at the end of August when she was picked by John McCain as his running-mate. She immediately ignited the party's conservative base, but since then she has been the target of almost daily attacks and ridicule amid a string of gaffes and scandals. Republican aides have even rounded on her as a "diva" and "whack job". "I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that would bring this whole" endeavour to nothing, Palin told ABC. On Thursday, two days after the elections, Republican heavyweights are planning to meet to draw up a strategy for the next mid-term congressional elections in 2010, the daily online Politico said. There is no doubt that the 44-year-old Palin's future role in the party, if the ticket loses, will be one of the themes. "She definitely is going to be the most popular Republican in this country when this thing is over," Republican strategist Ed Rollins, and former political director to president Ronald Reagan, told CNN. "She'll basically spend the next three of four years, running around doing Lincoln Day dinners and raising money for people. She's got to gain a lot of substance before she's a viable candidate for president."