He has done so although he is being widely, and not very accurately, vilified. In particular, he has been identified as a racist. Nothing he has been quoted as saying justifies that charge, and there is lots of evidence that it isn’t true. None of the loudmouth political preachers to whom Wright has been likened since the controversy broke would have voluntarily cut short his own fifteen minutes of fame.
I have no special insight as to why Wright has made this choice, but the big beneficiary is the most famous member of Wright’s former congregation, and the natural interpretation is that Wright is sacrificing both camera time and the opportunity to vindicate himself against slander either for Obama’s sake or for the sake of the larger purposes that would be served by Obama’s election.
I wish Wright hadn’t said that silly, ugly stuff about AIDS and drugs, but the more I learn about him the more I admire him.