I finally tracked down the BBEdit documentation, http://pine.barebones.com/manual/BBEdit_9_User_Manual.pdf.
Found this: "BBEdit expects to find Python in /usr/bin, /usr/local/bin, or /sw/bin. If you have installed Python elsewhere, you must create a symbolic link in /usr/local/bin pointing to your copy of Python in order to use pydoc and the Python debugger."
Checked in /usr/bin and found an old Python there. I think Fink did that. Removed it and BBEdit is much happier. As is Komodo Edit.