While some of what you read from the people who attended CES talks about how great it was — cool launches, record attendance, yadda, yadda — this is absolutely what it looked like from afar. Apple, Apple, Apple. (As predicted.)
Or worse: copy Apple, copy Apple, copy Apple.
A cynic might suggest that those who went are trying to justify their decision. A cynical bastard might suggest those same people are trying to justify their continued involvement with a show that simply does not matter anymore.
Update: CES Winners Are Losers