Have we been talking about Python 2 or Python 1.6? If we're talking about Python 2, has anyone given a serious look at the LLNL gang's C++/Python stuff? If I recall Paul Dubois' talk at the last conference, it sounded like their work made it much easier to implement extension modules.
I've mostly had 1.6 in mind. See recent traffic in the C++ SIG archives for the status of Paul's CXX.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)