I've read about Python, seen code examples and last night, attended an open source club meeting at OSU about Python. While Python is extremely robust, easy, has way too many libraries to do everything imaginable, whatever, etc. it just seems like it makes things too easy, like it takes the fun out of programming. One of the presented pieces of code was a Pidgin chat bot that was like 40 lines of code...I mean, that's pretty cool, but dang, where is the fun in that (at least for a hobbyist programmer)?
I think it's just way too easy for someone to get comfortable in Python. (Happened to me with Lisp, luckily I had taken a C class before looking at Lisp at all). Slippery slope, they started teaching Java as a beginner's language, soon it'll be Python and then students will be drooling retardedly when they see C/C++ for the first time.
Just my two cents.