Viewed from a national standpoint, Tuesday's election was a measure of dissatisfaction among the American people, and the tallies confirmed that many are not happy with the way government has performed.

Many people voted for change -- as they had in 2008, as well as in the 2006 midterm election.

We view Tuesday's voting results not necessarily as indication of dissatisfaction with Democrats, but rather a more general frustration that those in office are not making things better fast enough.

We share that frustration. But as the election dust settles, our hope is that government does not sink further into a test of wills between the two major parties.

Elected officials were voted into office to best represent the American people, not to try to win some partisan war in Hartford or Washington, D.C.

We are proud that Connecticut's electorate rose above campaign rancor and the emotional impulse to simply throw out those who represent the state in Hartford and Washington.

We say this not because Democrats kept their majority in the Legislature and apparently regained the governorship for the first time in two decades, or because they maintained the 5th Congressional District seat and what had been Chris Dodd's position in the U.S. Senate.

Instead, we applaud the electorate for standing behind elected officials who have proven their worth in office. In that sense, Connecticut proved itself independent-minded, not willing to be carried along unquestioningly on a tide of dissatisfaction.

The problems of Connecticut and the country remain after the election, the same as before. They are complex and require cooperation and experience.

We congratulate all those who won on Tuesday, as well as those who participated in the process of democracy and fell short of office. And we look forward to all of them putting the best interest of the people first.