""" It's not like static typing could possibly, even given community consensus, happen for several years."""
Why not? The design hasn't been fleshed out yet, but once that is done, and it doesn't break any existing code, then it could be here quite soon. Especially considering that Guido is apparently interested in this (as opposed to a feature he doesn't care much about).
But static typing is really really hard. Parameterized types are hard. In particular, the implications are hard. Decorators were really really easy, this isn't that kind of change.# Ian Bicking