It would be impossible to cure all that ailed the GOP in the course of a single calendar year.
I petted him and patted him; I stroked his ears and I rubbed his nose; and then I asked him point blank what ailed him.
Finally his stirrings roused her and she asked him drowsily what ailed him.
All the knights gathered round him to ask what ailed the Duke.
They say there's no such thing; but nothing else ailed Alice.
There was a man got married, and he began to pine away, and after a few weeks the mother asked him what ailed him.
He drew up at the sight of Archie, and, in some surprise, asked him what ailed him.
The Doctor asked of them what ailed them, and was then informed, for the first time, of the evil tidings that awaited him.
He would see what ailed them, that they would not give him any music to-day.
One glance showed me what ailed him when I awoke this morning.
c.1300, from Old English eglan "to trouble, plague, afflict," from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Gothic agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid." Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]