Note that everyone involved believes that binascii.from/to_long should be added (I think it was even pronounced by Guido).
I'm in favor of adding the latter only. Is there a patch?
No. It would be easy enough, but nobody had time for it. AFAICT, not even the signatures for such functions have been fully worked out yet. Since it would be a small and self-contained addition, I wouldn't worry about adding it after the beta. I wouldn't worry much more about adding g/G after either, for that matter.