If you believe her "political opponent" -a housewife who was part of the citizens group who defended the librarian (see here
for a copy of the letter she supposedly wrote), Palin re-hired the librarian because she was forced to. 5000 to 7000 people is a really
small town. Have you ever lived in a community that small? I lived in Grinnell, Iowa for 4 years, and we had 13,000 people, or twice as many, and it was still a really, really small town. I could easily see 100 citizens pressuring the mayor to reverse a decision.
And if you take the letter as a resource, Palin took that town and overspent and put it into debt, and made all sorts of other decisions I've not heard the republicans refute, that I don't think sound particularly fiscally responsible (or "fiscally conservative"), and what successful administration was done of her city was done by a hired administrator who worked for her. A friend of mine recently forwarded me an email about a rally of 1400 people in Anchorage against Palin. I'll forward it to you. Just having held an executive position doesn't mean you did it well or have learned good lessons from it. consider GW Bush - did it make sense to mention he'd been CEO of companies that he'd run into the ground as proof he had executive experience? This is not as bad, but it seems similar - pointing to the title and not her actual record.