This may not be a fair comparison between Presidential hopefuls but this example is indicative of Obama's rising star power. This weekend in New Hampshire both Sen. Obama and Sen. Bayh are going to be up in the granite state. Though only one has sold out his events.
From the Boston Globe:
Both Senators Evan Bayh and Barack Obama will be in New Hampshire this weekend. While staff members for Bayh may have to scramble to find 50 people to show up for his three events, Obama has a guaranteed audience of 2,225.Now I don't want to turn into a candidate troll, continually trumpeting Obama's highlights yet against Evan Bayh it really isn't hard to pick sides among the two. Sen. Bayh just doesn't mesh with my progressive politics and he hasn't been much of a leader in the Democratic Party, nor put up much campaign cash in the last election cycle. He took in plenty of money and spent plenty, but the percentage given to federal and non-federal candidates is minimal at best.
One last thing. The media is all over him and it is still 2006. As long as he drops little nuggets like these, the press will fawn over him for a long time to come